LETTER: Perhaps I saved young lives

Following your report about the ‘daredevil girls’ on the cliff edge [Herald, July 17], I am able to follow up with another story.

Last week a friend and I went to Birling Gap to walk to Belle Tout and back. We had only just reached the hill above the cottages and glancing to the right saw two people right on the edge. They were a young fellow and a girl.

She was sitting on the cliff edge, with her legs dangling over, while he photographed her. I walked over to them, keeping my distance, and called for them to move away from the edge. By this time, they were both on their feet, and not quite so close. As I did not know if they were local or foreign students, and how good their English was, I pointed out the cottages and said that one had been demolished because of the danger of cliff falls – the chalk can go at any time.

“Oh, yes,” said the chap, “I saw that on television!”

Perhaps I saved their lives, perhaps they will not do it again in case another daft old Sussex woman comes along and tells them off.

I also deplore the large photo sometimes displayed in the Towner that shows a young woman lying on the cliff edge. A few years ago, there was a TV advert showing a tent pitched on a chalk cliff edge. I think I telephoned the TV company involved. and asked why they were so irresponsible.

What is the answer? No more fences, please.

Janet Gadd

Meachants Lane, Willingdon

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