Tide turns for Gran Canute

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - JOHN STEVENS

LON­DON: As the sea view from Bry­ony Nierop-Read­ing’s bungalow got ever closer, she adamantly re­fused to leave.

One by one, the res­i­dents of 10 neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties moved out as the pound­ing waves eroded the cliffs be­low their homes.

Now Nierop-Read­ing has fi­nally given in af­ter last week’s tidal surge left the three- bed­room bungalow over­hang­ing a 24m precipice.

The 68-year-old, af­fec­tion­ately nick­named Grand­mother King Canute be­cause she seemed to think she could stop the tide, watched as her sea­side home was de­mol­ished.

Nierop-Read­ing bought her home with views of the North Sea for £25 000 in 2008 – when it was more than 6m from the edge.

As the sea ap­proached ever closer, she was of­fered £53 000 (R900 000) un­der a gov­ern­ment com­pen­sa­tion scheme to leave, but re­fused it.

She has now moved into a nearby mo­bile home – also on the clifftop. – Daily Mail

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