The spring tide has uncovered these WW2 remains. A lot more structure is now visible than I've ever seen before. This is S end of Embleton Bay but it's now obviously a D shaped concrete sandbag construction exactly like the one at the summit of the concrete road between Dustan Steads and Dustan village.
The concrete sandbags used to construct the pillbox lie just where they were placed in 1940.
This anti-tank block has been uncovered too. The graffiti is as fresh as the day "Thomas" wrote his name in the wet cement with his finger.
I wonder what it said?
I wonder who he was?
A Letter Home
It’s winter 1940, in a bunker’s where I stand
I’m staring out the window at a mile of golden sand
There’s a castle in the distance, it’s really rather grand
A castle in the distance, and a mile of golden sand
I’ve been posted here with Geordie, he’s a canny little man
He’s got a Ukulele and we’re going to start a band
And he says “one day we’ll make it big, and tour throughout the land”
From our castle in the distance, to the mile of golden sand
How’s my brother Tommy? He turns 18 next Jan.
They say this’ll all be over, at least that’s how it’s planned
But if he does get posted, where could be so grand
As a castle in the distance, and a mile of golden sand
On a Sunday (like today is) we’d be sat with you and Gran
Having meat and veg and roasties, and peaches from a can
Well Geordie’s made a cup of tea, it’s the finest in the land
From the castle in the distance, to the mile of golden sand
When all of this is over, we should come back with the ‘van
There’s some spots to put a wind-break up, wouldn’t it be grand
To be here in the summer, imagine me all tanned
With a castle in the distance, and a mile of golden sand
But they say look out the window, watch the sea beyond the strand
It’s a canny wee bit scary, the thought of fighting on the sand
But we talk about our folks back home and we know we’ll make a stand
For our castle in the distance, and our mile of golden sand
All the dramatic weather of the weekend has faded to grey...
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