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Photos: Westward Ho! pebble ridge takes a beating

12:10 03 January 2014

Richard Murgatroyd took these photographs of the damage at Westward Ho! this morning.

Richard Murgatroyd took these photographs of the damage at Westward Ho! this morning.

Richard Murgatroyd

Spring tide comes crashing through the village’s Pebble Ridge, spraying pebbles some metres across the sea wall.

@Helen_langmead tweeted this picture of the damage caused to the pebble ridge in Westward Ho!@Helen_langmead tweeted this picture of the damage caused to the pebble ridge in Westward Ho!

WESTWARD Ho! was battered by huge waves last night (Thurs) as high winds whipped up the spring tides.

The morning light revealed the devastation this morning, with pebbles from the village’s famous Pebble Ridge strewn far and wide.

The Pebble Ridge Adventure Golf and Go Karts centre on the slipway is working to recover this morning after being battered by the storm.

Owner Dean Martin said: “We’re just trying to clear up at the moment; luckily we don’t open during the winter months anyway.

Richard Murgatroyd took these photographs of the damage at Westward Ho! this morning.Richard Murgatroyd took these photographs of the damage at Westward Ho! this morning.

“I have seen this before with the spring tides, I think the pebbles make it look pretty bad.”

Richard Murgatroyd, a photographer who lives in the village, sent the Gazette these images of the devastation.

He said: “There is quite extensive damage to the storm defences, the seafront car park which has been undermined and the local mini-putting course.

“The top two metres of the pebble sea defence has been removed, depositing it into the local footpaths and onto the businesses.

Preparing for the next tide: A digger attempts to reconstruct some of the Pebble Ridge before the next tide. Pic: Jo Morecroft.Preparing for the next tide: A digger attempts to reconstruct some of the Pebble Ridge before the next tide. Pic: Jo Morecroft.

“Slightly to the east, pebbles have been thrown some 10-15m over the sea wall and there is some minor damage showing to it.

“The burrows have flooded from Westward Ho all the way across to Appledore.”

Businessman Rob Braddick also posted photographs on Facebook yesterday evening showing giant waves battering the sea wall.

For more updates on flooding around North Devon click here.

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