West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EN.

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West Bay Discovery Centre in 1970’s

West Bay Methodist Church & Camping in West Bay A lot of years ago, I was about 9 or 10, my family and I used to bring our little homemade caravan to West Bay caravan park. One year we went as usual to the Methodist Chapel for the Sunday Service. At the beginning of the service the Vicar apologised and said that the organist was unwell and unable to play the organ,and we would have to sing the hymns unaccompanied unless anyone in the congregation would be happy to play. My Mother (who was the organist at Wingrave U.R.C. Chapel Wingrave Bucks at that time) said she would be pleased to play. I shall never forget singing The Day Thou Gavest with my Mother playing the organ in that lovely little Chapel in beautiful West Bay. Still one of my favourite places to visit. Sue Bignell

Memories of holidaying in West Bay

We were recently contacted by Peter Allan who is currently writing his memoirs. He tells us: “In the 1950s I spent several years holidaying in West Bay. I can honestly say they were some of the happiest years of my life. West Bay is such a wonderful and magical place.  I tell so many people of its delights and encourage them to visit.

Apart from wandering all day long on the East and West cliffs, the harbour was perhaps my favourite place. My parents befriended a fisherman named Frank. We would regularly go out to sea on his boat and return with perhaps a dozen or so of mackerel.”

Frank Butt (fisherman and harbour pilot) pictured in boat in West Bay harbour in the1960’s

Having lost a picture he had of Frank Butt, he asked whether we could help him. We were able to supply some images and also give him a link to an old TV programme when Richard Dimbleby visited West Bay and interviewed Frank in the 1950’s. We were delighted to have brought these happy memories back to life for him and his brother.