Gimme shelter in Hunstanton

The Mercy Grey shelter is lifted into position in Hunstanton. With Mayor Andrew Murray. MLNF15EB12001 www.townandaround.net ANL-150112-171643001

The Mercy Grey shelter is lifted into position in Hunstanton. With Mayor Andrew Murray. MLNF15EB12001 www.townandaround.net ANL-150112-171643001

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Undertaking the challenging task of moving the Mercy Gray shelter from Chapel Bank to its new home on Hunstanton’s clifftop was no mean feat for local construction company MW McGinn.

Shortly after eight on Tuesday morning the shelter designed and built by Boulton and Paul in 1938 was lifted gently onto a lorry and transported the few hundred yards to a spot close to the lighthouse where a concrete pad had been laid a week before.

Bearing the inscription Mercy Gray 1937, the shelter commemorates the Gray family who owned a number of hotels in Hunstanton. .

Hunstanton Mayor Andrew Murray said; “ “The shelter has been under threat of demolition for the past four years but with funding from the Civic Society, Old Hunstanton Parish Council, Hunstanton Town Council, West Norfolk Council and donations it has been saved.”

Very little damage was done during the manoeuvre.

A roofer, Jonathan Wadsworth expects to start repair work on the roof in a couple of days time and Glenn Pooley will be doing the carpentry.