January 24, 2009: Dennis Bater sent us the following statement about the George: "First the Chairman of the West Devon Environment and Community committee Nick Morgan has expressed his sorrow at the loss of the George hotel and his apologies for not attending the day after the fire, but he was on holiday in Spain and knowing that the building inspectors were on site from 2.00.am that morning he knew all was being done that could be from the Borough.
"The project Officer from Scottish and Newcastle Brewery has confirmed that their aim is still to rebuild the George as near as possible as it was, and that they are delighted that so many local people are interested in offering assistance. They also want to thank everyone for the many pictures received, including those from Geoff Hodgkinson, Kath Holden, the Giles Family, Dennis Bater and others, numbering almost 200 in total. These are being held at the moment by the planning department at West Devon to be used in assisting the rebuild. Surveyors have been appointed and will soon be assessing the site and what can be recovered from the pile of debris. The Brewery will be keeping the Borough Councillor informed and updates will be published on this web site."
For the record the remains of the George are now encased in scaffolding and protective plastic sheeting. Our picture left shows a recent view of the front.