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Cornish harbour is re-born

Two years after being struck by Britain’s worst flash flood in 50 years, a picturesque Cornish village has risen, phoenix like, after restoration and is “better than ever”.

Two years after being struck by Britain’s worst flash flood in 50 years, a picturesque Cornish village has risen, phoenix like, after restoration and is “better than ever”. At the harbour village of Boscastle, where writer Thomas Hardy met and courted his future wife – a romance later recounted in “A Pair of Blue Eyes” –the 16th century Wellington Hotel, which suffered enormous flood damage, has been refurbished with help from a BBC team. A wall plaque shows the 2004 flood water level - on the first floor.

The Clovelly Clothing Company, which was totally destroyed, has returned and the Rock Shop’s owner has transformed his store using hand-crafted wall decorations and a central ship-shaped display. The visitor centre was completely washed away; it will be re-housed at a harbour side location in time for the summer. A new event has also emerged from the deluge. A Food, Arts and Crafts Festival is planned for October, celebrating the best of Cornish cuisine and creativity. Website: www.visitboscastleandtintagel.com.


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