Tide turns for Gran Canute
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