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Hallsands Centenary

Thursday 26th January 2017 marks the centenary of the Hallsands disaster. On that night in 1917, the combination of an easterly gale and exceptionally high tides saw the majority of the fishing village swept into the sea; just one house was left standing.

An exhibition of old photos and memorabilia of the village is being held in St Andrew’s Church, Beesands from Thursday 26th January to Saturday 28th January and several events are planned for the day of the centenary itself (Thursday 26 January 2017).


11.00 am – 3.30 pm – Gate to the old village unlocked for anyone to visit.
3.00 pm – Lord Lieutenant unveils a commemorative plaque by the coastal path above the old village.
3.30 – Walk to Beesands to ‘re-enact’ the escape made by the villagers when the storm died down.
4.30 – Lord Lieutenant visits the exhibition in St Andrew’s Church
6.00 – commemoration service in St Michael’s Church, Stokenham in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant and other dignitaries.
7.30 onwards – Crab supper at The Cricket Inn, Beesands. Access is by ticket obtained by emailing 
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