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Thursday, December 12, 2013
The last remaining resident of a doomed coastal road said an emotional farewell to her home after it was demolished this morning.
Bryony Nierop-Reading’s bungalow in Beach Road, Happisburgh was left hanging in mid air after last Thursday’s storm cut huge chunks out of the fragile cliff face.
The 68-year-old has spent the last few days living in her caravan, and after surveying the damage left by the sea surge decided it was too unsafe to stay and should be knocked down.
Mrs Nierop-Reading stayed in the her cliff top home after her neighbours moved out last year and watched, surrounded by friends and family, as her home of five years succumbed to the same fate.
She said: “It’s worse than I thought it was going to be. It’s the speed of it. It’s been very sudden, like a sudden bereavement really.”
Her garage will remain on the cliff top so she can continue to use it as a workshop, and she is now determined to take action to protect more communities from coastal erosion.