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Teignmouth 50 years ago: September 29, 1972

Mr and Mrs Roger Hook heard a loud crash at about 3am and leapt out of bed to find that their lounge had virtually disappeared. Outside walls, a chimney, part of the roof and the floor had crashed down outside, in the grounds of the Dunmore Hotel, Shaldon. Under the debris were hundreds of pounds worth of furnishings. The lounge was situated over the garage, which also caved in. Mr Hook owns a garage business in Teignmouth, and one of his power boats, the ‘Roger and Out’, was crushed in the garage by the rubble. The cause of the crash is not known.

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