A Frightening Incident - a Memory of St Ives.
In 1969 we visited St Ives in Cornwall for our annual summer holidays but on this occasion due to it being a last minute decision we had not booked our accommodation.
Travelling from Bedfordshire in those days was considered by most to be a bit of a trek and it was usual to stop-over but we chose to plough- on arriving in the early evening. After enjoying a quick cuppa we set out to find a B&B but we were unsuccessful despite travelling the length and breadth of St.Ives.
On the following day we did however secure a single night at the "Sea Urchin" in nearby Carpis Bay and a booking for the remainder of our holiday in Levant, all good so far!
Back to day one, we had no alternative other than to sleep in the car and chose a lay-by just outside the town but being a main road it turned out to be too noisy and we returned to the town centre finding a quite tree lined road. I parked on the offside of the road and we settled down for our nights sleep tucked up under a blanket in the back seat.
Sometime in the early hours I was awakened by a sound and noticed a flash of light in the drivers door mirror that I very soon identified as the blade of a knife being inserted into the top of the door window obviously with the aim of gaining entry. The attacker had no knowledge of our presence under the blanket and fled as soon as I opened the rear door to approach him, who was the more shocked I don't know!
I do not clearly recall our next action but I would guess that we returned to "bed" as there was nothing that we could then do. I t was a good talking point for a while but did not take away any of our enjoyment of an otherwise great beach holilday in fine Cornish weather.
14th July 2016
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