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It is interesting to note here that the whole corner that George Furnell spoke of, was excavated away in 1959 as per the photo on the right.  It is possible that there was a tunnel entrance in this area, but I have found no direct evidence of it (More on this - next page). There was an article in  the local paper at the time of people objecting to the quarrying of the soil and it being sold for other interests. By memory, the residents managed to put a stop to this process.

I am not saying that I have all these reports correct relating to this next entrance position as there are parts of their statements that don’t quite fit the requirements for the entrance shown on this next photo, but that of course these could just be errors in the recalling of their memories:

Here is this above image zoomed in, and going by the models of the cars shown, this photo was taken some time after 1968-69. The position of this entrance is in the bank just above the existing car park. It is “about 40 paces from the apex of the corner” (as per  George Furnell’s statement), and note that he said, “this one you could drive a vehicle inside”, and I believe he was indicating the size of the tunnel - he was not meaning that it was used as a vehicle access - although it may have been possible. I just can’t find any evidence of this though. I (and I know Martin also), have spent many hundreds of hours perusing photos looking for where this entrance was, and I only recently stumbled over this photo on my computer that I had photographed a couple of years ago out of an old book. The arrows and wording on it are mine though to make it easier to see. By using the full sized photo (which the top photo is cropped down from) working out where on the beach the photo was taken from and the triangulating everything, I have been able to narrow the area down and that is in this slightly greener area shown on this Google Earth image date 1/6/2010:


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