When polo was popular

By Contributed in Local People

John Southall writes: Way back in the mists of time, well around about 1924 at least, water polo seems to have been a very popular sport in Dawlish.

Not only that but it took place largely in the sea which must have been a bit dodgy to say the least.

We have recently printed pictures from Coryton, including one of large crowds of spectators, and this week’s photo from the Bernard Chapman Collection is of the seven young men of the Dawlish Junior Polo team posing at Coryton Cove.

My photo was taken from a slightly different angle to the one from Bernard’s collection and gives us a nice view of the strata of the cliff face and the angle it rises at.

Every time I see it I ask myself if it was formed by a volcanic eruption, perhaps a few million years ago.

The two photos also raise another possible question in that the railway wall appears to be much higher, above beach level, in 1924 than in 2016 when I took my photo.

I see that the beach huts were also on the beach in 1924.

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