Perranporth's Watering Hole pub left high, but dry, as storm scours sand: PICTURES (From This is The West Country)
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Perranporth's Watering Hole pub left high, but dry, as storm scours sand: PICTURES
7:00am Saturday 11th January 2014 in Cornwall
Popular Perranporth pub The Watering Hole has been left high, but dry, after the huge waves of recent days scoured away the sand, leaving a 15ft wall.
Staff at the pub posted on Facebook that they "defying all odds", it had "survived the great storm with nature building 15ft fortified walls around Perranporths beloved monument".
Adding that Thursday evening was when the main monstrosity started, "firing waves at will at the sand banks terrorizing the town and everything that stood in its path".
On it's website the pub has put a blow by blow account of its battle to survive the waves.
"Many areas were flooded, leaving the community in devastation and in complete shock with what had hit the seaside town within the last few hours.
"A proud community spirit instantaneously combusted with hundreds of people offering a helping hand filling sand bags and doing all what they possibly could do to help the village against surges to come with marvelous efforts put in by all.s
"This was then followed with days of the strong surges bashing continuously against the Watering Hole' s defensive system formed by mother nature, taking chunks out slowly losing meter by meter.
"It was starting to feel like we had a real battle on our hands and that the building was in an enormous amount of danger.
"As you can see walls reaching up to 15 foot in height have formed a moat around this unique venue, with the wall described by some to be similar to the great wall of China and Hadrians wall
"The swell on Monday morning was one that you could just stand and watch from the shore in amazement and to believe it, you would’ve had to be there, with owner Bob Job claiming to of never seen a swell with such animosity and size with such frequent periods with the swell over the last 40 plus years of being here.
"After this statement was made by the old chap, immediate action was taken to remove all benches from the front of the building to stop the sea from using them as a weapon to add to the chaos that had been predicted earlier in the day.
"Luckily this was the view that we woke up to(below), with the building still miraculously standing as the light shines down on the last morning of the storm, after horrific conditions that we have encountered over the last few days.
"None the less what has been said is that if the swell from Monday was put together with the size of the 7.7 tides on Thursday evening and the wind was a north easterly wind the watering hole would’ve been in serious danger of being washed away. This is an issue that we now need to resolve and counteract so we are not faced with it in the near future."
Pictures via Facebook/Twitter
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