The seaside town of Dawlish endured a terrible battering during this winter’s storms. So much so that the Victorian railway line running along the coast was left dangling above the waves, with no trains able to pass through for two months.
But this week, thanks to a £35 million rescue mission and engineers working round the clock, the line was declared open again – by prime minister David Cameron no less.
There were cheers all round – especially, I suspect, from the local newspaper, the redoubtable Dawlish Post.
I’ve got very fond memories of the small Devon town because the Teignmouth and Dawlish Advertiser was the very first newspaper I worked on (it later merged with the Teignmouth Post and Gazette and the Dawlish Post).
In my day the area wasn’t exactly buzzing with news but as a trainee news reporter I learned the nuts and bolts of newspaper journalism in Teignmouth and Dawlish.
For a start, I learned to get my facts right. Never mind letters or emails...