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Dartmouth Landmark Disappears

The shelter on Dartmouth’s South embankment was dismantled this week as South Hams Council workmen demolished it to make way for a new one. The present one was erected in the 1980s but some say the original was built in the 1930s, others in the 1950s. But after decades of sea spray, pelting rain and fierce gales, the wood rotted and the glass cracked and last year it was declared unsafe. It held fond memories for many Dartmothians. Some ate chips in there after school, others smoked their first cigarette and yet others experienced their first kiss from a boyfriend or girlfriend. In addition countless homeless people slept there. Its replacement has already been delivered and will be erected next week.
As Dylan Thomas who was born 100 years ago said, time passes.

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