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A Glimmer of Hope?
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

January 6, 2009: Day 6 of the New Year and is there something positive happening to the George? We were there today mid-afternoon and it's clear that some gentle care and attention is being given to the site. What appears to be a flagstone floor is now showing in the old Reception area, (formerly boarded, so that's interesting if true) and the cobble stone driveway through the centre of the building is partly clear. That was nice to see, as anyone who's used the cobbles to reach the bars, pass through en route to the car park, or simply to get to the gents toilet will agree. Oddly, the gents toilet is one of the only rooms still standing, along with a utility room above. Three urinals, a WC and a washing machine may not be much but it's a start! That positivity was reinforced by Hatherleigh Town Crier Ros Chard, who appeared tonight on Spotlight, our local BBC TV news programme, to shout for the re-building of the George. Filmed outside the shattered building she and dog Millie did their bit in their own unique way. Thanks Ros and Millie! (Apologies and credits to BBC TV for our off-screen shot.)

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