Fascinating history of harbour in new book

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DAREDEVIL tales of smuggling, the plights of starving harbourside communities and the area’s role in the Second World War are explored in a new book.

Chichester Harbour: England’s Coastal Gem is a loving portrait of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by Liz Sagues.

It spans its formation and geology, to its modern use for farming and recreation, and looks at the legendary figures from its past and at those who have made major modern contributions.

Liz said: ‘I have had access to a fascinating memoir by Baba, Lady Mackworth, on happenings on Hayling Island in the first half of the 20th century and my research has taken me as far as the Spanish state archives of the 16th, to a family of Chichester Harbour-based pirates and privateers.

‘It incorporates interviews with many harbour people – including Sir Jeremy Thomas, Diana Beale and Frank Dunster – and covers important recent local projects including the restoration of the oyster boat Terror and the building of Collective Spirit.’

Liz thanked all the local people who helped.

The book is available from the Hayling Island Bookshop and all good book shops.