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totlandseawallrichardmanser2VIDEO: Totland seawall in the West Wight has been re-opened to the public after the coastal walk was severed by a landslide nearly 3 years ago.

It is thought up to 1000 people attended a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday (Sunday) to mark the re-opening of the path after a diversion was set-up across the top of the fallen land as part of the Isle of Wight Council’s £200,000 make-do-and-mend solution.

In December 2012 the seawall was severely damaged and the path between Totland and Colwell Bay made impassable when a large section of the cliff fell. A petition was set up and handed to the Isle of Wight Council, who then agreed to provide a make-do-and-mend option.

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5-year-old Emily Dack from Totland, who had previously presented the petition, had the honour of opening the path.

The crowds were welcomed onto the new path with the Brighstone Barnacles and the FaT Samba band leading the way.

Photographs and video thanks to Richard Manser of Safesite IOW

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