I Returned 50 Years Later

A Memory of Bigbury

My grandfather, Herbert Powell, owned the Korniloff Hotel after marrying his second wife, Ilse Buckingham, in the 1960's. We lived in the annexe that no longer seems to be there and I remember it as the happiest time of my life. I returned in May 2012 to find Bigbury-on-Sea little changed although there were some changes to the hotel and it is now being run as an old-age home. I will always remember the walks along the Challaborough cliffs and the time spent on and around Burgh Island looking for pirate treasure or smuggled goods that I was convinced must be there (and may still be). I was 10 years old at the time and travelled to and from school in Modbury every day on the bus. It is and will always remain, a special place for me.

A memory shared by Brian Stockton , on Oct 17th, 2012.

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