Saturday 28 May 2011: Invaders from the sea
Usually my local stretch of coastline is frequented only by sea birds and the occasional seal so I was surprised today to look down and find a string of little figures in wet suits swimming into view and climbing up the rocks. I suspect they were taking part in the activity known as coasteering.
200 years ago French soldiers struggled ashore a few miles down the coast for a short-lived invasion, the last on British soil. They weren't fortunate enough to have wet suits and they carried heavy muskets. Things have changed today and I imagine this lot will be expecting a hot shower rather than a heated engagement with the local militia.