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The Sea is eating Happisburgh

Updated on May 14, 2009

Coastal Erosion in Happisburgh

Photo courtesy of http://www.andrewdunnphoto.com/ via a creative commons license
Photo courtesy of http://www.andrewdunnphoto.com/ via a creative commons license

The unstoppable power of the sea

In the east of England, on the Norfolk coast, the tiny town of Happisburgh is being slowly but surely eaten by the sea. The town sits atop small sandy cliffs that face the north sea but until recently erosion has not been a problem due to the efforts of past governments to defend the land against the slow advance of the seas.

Recently however, the wooden defences that have protected the town have fallen into such a state of disrepair that they no longer do their job. The result is that large pieces of land have been taken by the sea, and some homes have gone with it.

There has been suprisingly little response from the government.

Then and now, the extent of the devastation

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Taken 01 January 1986 © Copyright 1986 UK Environment AgencyTaken 01 January 2006 Copyright 1986 UK Environment Agency
Taken 01 January 1986 © Copyright 1986 UK Environment Agency
Taken 01 January 1986 © Copyright 1986 UK Environment Agency
Taken 01 January 2006 Copyright 1986 UK Environment Agency
Taken 01 January 2006 Copyright 1986 UK Environment Agency

How much has been lost

The pictures above show just how much land the sea has taken in only twenty years, the town is literally being washed away at an astonishing rate, and the people who live there are nearly powerless to stop it. To make matters worse not only is the government doing nothing to help them, but they are not offering any sort of financial assistance or compensation to these people. Some have lost their homes, others have seen the value of their properties plummet in the space of a decade, but all deserve better than this seemingly inevitable fate.




What can be done

Whilst its true that time is running out for the town, all is not lost..yet. If new sea defences were built, the portion of the town not yet swalloed by the sea would remain, and those that live there could get on with their lives. Despite this, there is still no official policy from the government, no action being taken to protect these peoples homes from doom.

There are reasons given for not saving this village, environmental impact on the coast line or prohibitive cost, but these seem trivial when talking about an entire community and in the case of the environment, equally good reasons can be made to argue that defending the town will help the environment(being the defense of the nearby broads, a massive costal wetland)

At the end of the day..

The community will fight on until the last straw, for sure. But if it is possible to save this community from its watery fate, are we happy to let it be literally washed away?


Please vote or comment below...


Your say...

Should Happisburgh be saved from the sea?

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      SMITHY 7 years ago

      HELP SAVE HAPPISBURGH!

      PLEASE.

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      carrot 6 years ago

      dis place sucs

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      Rhen 6 years ago

      Yes. This is historical town should be saved!

      Protect Happisburgh!

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      angry mole 6 years ago

      this place is so c**p

      lol loz :D

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      angry mole 6 years ago

      this place is so c**p

      lol loz :D

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      angry mole 6 years ago

      rhen... go to h/e/l/l

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      SMITHY 6 years ago

      HI GUYS

      YOUR RIGHT THIS PLACE IS RUBBISH!

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      escarla 6 years ago

      This place realy does deserve to be saved! Some people in my class don't think so because they think that it's just not worth it but homes will be lost!

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      robyn 6 years ago

      SAVE HAPPISBURGH!

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      lil_star 6 years ago

      think about them they need our help save happisburgh have a heart people if dis was happenin 2 u wouldn't u wnt people 2 help think bout dat fink very carefully bout ur decision sooo....

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      darkman 6 years ago

      mmmmmm i love a tasty foetus in the morning with my orange juice.

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      luke deakin 6 years ago

      vital money can be spent else where in the country instead of this crap town such as building glasss bus shelters.

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      shep 6 years ago

      lolzzzz

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      audrey squires 6 years ago

      HELP!! MY EYE IS BLEEDING WHAT SHOULD I DOOO!?!?!?!?!?!?

      on another note, happisburgh is the worst place ive ever been to :) and ive been to some bad broffles ;)

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      fruitella is a bad man sweet YGM! 6 years ago

      YOU GET ME BLADD!!!!

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      Big D (fat) 6 years ago

      this place is binladens home town therefor should be destroyed

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      NUKE 6 years ago

      Spend money on nukes and defend from the future alien attacks that will happen to our small world in this universe

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      Chris Jaymes 6 years ago

      HURRR !!

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      Tom Shephard 6 years ago

      Hello, if you are under the age on 10, i will meet up with and touch you behind a bus shelter multiple times to my satisfaction. x

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      A.Hitler 6 years ago

      they should make like a polar bear and swim

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      hannah batch 6 years ago

      i like this place it is cool :) x

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      elton John 6 years ago

      make like a polar bear and swim

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      woop 6 years ago

      your mum is eating happisburgh.

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      MR B.Laden 6 years ago

      im aliveeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

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      rachel rachelson 6 years ago

      You behaviour is dispicable!!!!

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      David Williams 6 years ago

      Im om-noming Happisburgh for years now

      I happen to like the taste :P

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      Kim_Jong-il 6 years ago

      nom nom nom

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      tom shephard 6 years ago

      i c u ;)

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      tom sheppy 6 years ago

      mmmm children.

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      READDD 6 years ago

      if you are reading this comment then you have no life and should jump off a bridge into my sack, from tom sheppy

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      ryan gaychin 6 years ago

      nom nom nom sexy happisburgh mmmmm

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      Kim_Jong-il 6 years ago

      in korea you can touch children for one dollar!!!!

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      HIIIIII 6 years ago

      loren = small

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      selbin and gaychin 6 years ago

      nom we is bum buddies 4 lyf.

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      Kim_Jong-il 6 years ago

      i have a missile but its very small hilary cliton lets get it on :)!!!!!!!

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      RYAN MACHIN FTW 6 years ago

      i now admit my sexuality - im GAy

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      selbin and gaychin 6 years ago

      we is bum buddies mmm xoxoxox

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      danile 6 years ago

      mop head mmmm

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      rach and lozzz xxxxx 6 years ago

      love it with miss squizzy in the morning!!! morning breath i love it!!!!!! xx

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      xo.loren 6 years ago

      i love old flaps

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      rahel lorenson 6 years ago

      we are now an official couple

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      allah 6 years ago

      you are all infadels!!!!!

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      selbin and gaychin 6 years ago

      our kids are pengting xoxoxoxox

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      daniel 6 years ago

      i haven't been to mcdonalds for 27hrs :(

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      jonathan 6 years ago

      laura is sexy nomnom i want her babas.x

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      jesus  6 years ago

      lolzz

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      tom shephard 6 years ago

      i can c all of u girls;)

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      judas 6 years ago

      JUDAS IS MY VIRTUE.

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      O. Bin Laden 6 years ago

      i am the sickest at hide and seek bbz xoxoxoxoxox

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      Jon 6 years ago

      Who wants to rub my head ladies ;)

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      S. Hussein 6 years ago

      i cant play hide and seek for the life of me :( teach meh

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      NO 6 years ago

      no one wants to rub your head jon, apart from laura. mmmmm xxxxxxxxx

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      ryan and keeezzzzzzza 6 years ago

      WAHEY WE IS TUGEVA.

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      hitler 6 years ago

      you're all mean people!!

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      loren gadd 6 years ago

      midget

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      MIDGETS 4 LYF 6 years ago

      MIDGETS DO IT BETTER. just sayin' :)

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      tom shephard 6 years ago

      i haven't touched a kid for 13hrs

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      DWARFS 6 years ago

      dwarfs are better at it

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      daniel and ryan machin happy couple 6 years ago

      we have small winkies.

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      gaddsta 6 years ago

      gadd gadd gadd gadd gadd gadd gadd gadd GADDYYYYYYY

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      PULFREH 6 years ago

      hello baba's.

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      jesus 6 years ago

      i sacrificed my life for you imbeciles and this is what you do! you silly, silly people!

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      ryan selby. 6 years ago

      cheese string.

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      rory mcillroy 6 years ago

      hello

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      tiger woods 6 years ago

      alright maccers

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      rory mcillroy 6 years ago

      ey up tiger

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      tiger woods 6 years ago

      just hit a six under par It was a decent round

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      luke donald 6 years ago

      hey up serries

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      jason day 6 years ago

      long time no see

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      lewis hamilton 6 years ago

      tiger, you're my hero

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      jordan hirst 6 years ago

      that was all me :)

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      mikey ward 6 years ago

      Anyone seen craggers lately?

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      barak obama 6 years ago

      shes with me in the war room

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      Maddie Mc.Cann 6 years ago

      No barak that's me.

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      barack obama 6 years ago

      shhh I told you not to tell anyone

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      ryan caunt 6 years ago

      ey up barak

      hows it going

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      anna griffin teal 6 years ago

      has anyone seen my boyfrien james parker

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      ryan caunt 6 years ago

      oh i love abi king

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      abi king 6 years ago

      i hate ryan caunt

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      jaarjer 6 years ago

      i love sniffin griffin

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      ryan caunt 6 years ago

      abi is the love of my life

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      bob 6 years ago

      i believe that it should be saved as that people homes will be lost. plus all the people have put stupid comments are stupid how would you like it if all your belongs and home and maybe family could be killed !!!!

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      lucy 6 years ago

      i need a wee

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      Sexxaii girls talk ere ;) xxx 6 years ago

      heloooo girllsss lool xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      Clapperss :')  5 years ago

      i think it is err very err inappropriate that happisburgh is going through these errr rough times. It will be socially, economically and err eviromentally sustainable to save happisburgh. Have you checked out buy a rock for happisburgh charitey? Donate now and all the little boys and girls will err be very thankful.

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      Loren Sanderson 5 years ago

      i thnk dat u shud not safe dis plaice x

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      Keenan Shannon 5 years ago

      i love midgets, speshly loren.xoxoxoxoxox

      but i dnt agree dat dis place shud not be saved, cus i love it. SAVE HAPPISBURGH bbz, ygm?

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      Loren Sanderson 5 years ago

      i was i hd da ballz 2 ask owt dat keenan 'beastting' shannon guy, he so cute and good luckin nd i thnk hed be da best bf eva xxxxx

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      Keenan Shannon 5 years ago

      i am a crazy ass stalker and my heart is only 4 loren bbz. shes a dwarf but i luv her muchly bbz, me and her foreva, i wish roflmao!!!!!!!!!, i cnt even get a CUDDLE :'( luv yu all guyz, even da boy'dem! xoxoxox

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      Loren Sanderson 5 years ago

      ok. i fancy keenan, wat can i say? hes 2 peng xoxoxo

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      Keenan Shannon 5 years ago

      awww fanks loren bbz.xoxoxox

      i changed ma mind doe init, i want the deakin

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      james parker 5 years ago

      i love the griff

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      Meeeeeeeeeee 5 years ago

      Hey. If u save Happisburgh (A tiny village with a tiny population), the rest of Norrfolk will be eroded at a much higher rate. You had defences, you didn't look after them. If you protect Happisburgh the Norfolk Broads will be at risk from erosion and so will Blakeney Point (Supported by the RSPCA and RSPB). Don't be so selfish.

      Your Trully

      A Year 8 girl

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      beach 5 years ago

      For your information this world is NEVER going to be invaded by aliens so spend some of the vast amount of money you have on saving these poor people's homes.

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      best ever. 5 years ago

      hey i love happisburgh, i hate loren.s she is a slaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag like kirsty staples. xxxxxxxoooooooxxxxxxxo

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      tom shep 5 years ago

      hey i love all da yung ladys and lads

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      loren sanderson 5 years ago

      hiya just lettin everyone know im hiring myself out if you want me, call me, 0115-slaggyy xx

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      This is now the offical Sloth Patrol Website

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      farming is my life

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      i love maddie D

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      Please could people stop spamming on the Sloth Patrol Website.

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      Sloth patrol are fake, uganda police patrol are much better!

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      Get off our website and piss off back to africa

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      will Painter 5 years ago

      anyone seen any good abi king's latley ?

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      rhys jowett 5 years ago

      i saw a fit sheep earlier

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      BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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      Mikey ward 5 years ago

      Does anyone want to buy a bag of kids from me ? 200 pounds, some might be dead.

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      HAIL ZE NAZI'S!!!

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      i love a good bowl of wheato's in the morning

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      SAME!

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      Jowett and Laura are just good friends, aren't they?

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      SJ is my life!

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      I love Sophie Harby

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      Go away James

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      This is now the offical Three's a crowd website please stop spamming it or yu will be prosucuted.

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      Hell No

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      Tom Shing 5 years ago

      I love rice

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      Tom Shing 5 years ago

      Rice 4 life

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      Tom Shing 5 years ago

      I'm married to a bag of rice

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      Ollie Dalby 5 years ago

      Marrion

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      Heyy Up DuneCune's what's Occuring ? S'up Arabs

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      Liviegleekdancer 5 years ago

      Protect It studying this in geography worst subject ever!!!!!! Waste of time!!!!!!

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      lolxxx cbyolo 5 years ago

      you guys need a life....you cares if its rubbish? it's an equal land on this earth and should be treated equally...like every human.. imagine if it was your homtown you guys will be fighting hell to save it those memoriesyou house whaever...get some emotion guys think of it as you being there (if you have the brains)

      HELP SAVE IT OR GET LOST....AND THE COUNCIL NEED TO BGET ACTIVE YOU CANT STAY QUITE FOREVER!

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      MOle 4 years ago

      I Won't save it

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      dkd 4 years ago

      oh my plz save happisburgh

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      pigni 4 years ago

      stupid

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      sti 4 years ago

      idiotic\

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      Mahogany God 4 years ago

      You are all slutmuffins who love kids

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      Rebecca 4 years ago

      I know this comment is a bit late but im doing a project on happisburgh and i think it should be saved because people will lose there homes and people should donate money so they can put defences up in the sea

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      mysterygirl101 4 years ago

      happisburgh? i am also doing a project and i believe that happisburgh should be saved and that the council havan't done enough to support the villagers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      huii 4 years ago

      kool

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      C3O 3 years ago

      all you people who are saying that happisburgh sucks and its terrible and that it's not worth saying should be ashamed of yourselves.... the only reason it's crappy is because no one's doing anything to help fix it.

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      hiiiiiii 3 years ago

      please save happisburgh if it was you in the situation you would want people to help you! wouldn't you???

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      Josh Haywood 3 years ago

      Anyone got any cheese

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      unknown 3 years ago

      to any one who thinks this place is rubbish and thinks it is not worth saving. well maybe it is not... for you. but for other people this is home.

      so be serious even 5 pounds can do a difference if every one from this blog could get to it.

      this issue has been held down for too long its time to put it back in peoples mind.

      i swear i will do my best to get a project going in school to collect as much money as possible.

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      RANDOMER 3 years ago

      I THINK WE SHOULD SAVE HAPPISBURGH :)

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      TF2 3 years ago

      Sandviches!!!!!!!!

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      troll 3 years ago

      boo happisburgh

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      kean bean 3 years ago

      how about u and me in bed

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      mr beqn 3 years ago

      wowttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

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      2 years ago

      Now i think Happisburgh should be saved. All you people who think that happisburgh is crap just shut the f up. k? I think it should be saved as its an historical place and is a beautiful place. The government decided not to save Happisburgh i think but they are selfish they don't care if the homeowners living there are happy or not they don't care if they are homeless or not they want to be living in a big house with heaters and everything when people in happisburgh would be in the streets in the cold is this fair SAVE HAPPISBURGH EVERYONE SAVE IT Its a beautiful place!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just save it many peoples businesses are relying on this village SAVE IT SAVE HAPPISBURGH EVERYONE

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      farthinnnnnnnnnnnnnnj 2 years ago

      if that was u what would u do

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      Sxmmie 2 years ago

      think about this Happisburgh is a home to many people some people might think it is a broing town that means nothing if it all got washed away but people will loose their homes and the government arent doing anything to help this hardly seems fair. So lets try our best to save this historic town because in a matter of months there will be no more happisburgh! :(

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      Swindon Town 2 years ago

      u want sum happisburgh?!?!?!

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      ill giv it to ya 2 years ago

      ill giv it to ya

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      wtf 2 years ago

      wtf happisburgh should b saved

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      2 years ago

      mnamanamanamabna

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      hi zach 2 years ago

      i know where you are

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      happisburgh 2 years ago

      hi zach i know where u r also happisburgh should not b saved

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      LAWL 2 years ago

      LAWL

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      LAWL 2 years ago

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      piers 2 years ago

      i'm coming for ya!

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      LAWL 2 years ago

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      bring it 2 years ago

      come and get me piers

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      YOU GOT ME 2 years ago

      ………………..

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      bring it/happisburgh/hi zach 2 years ago

      lol hahahahahha

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      MAGGIE MAGGIE MOO MOO 2 years ago

      LOL THIS SITE IS GREAT

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      Da Stalker 2 years ago

      I AM WATCHING U MAGGIE MAGGIE MOO MOO AND U KNOW WHO U R EVEN THOUGH I POSTED UNDER U'RE NAME!

      Yours sincerely,

      Mr Stalker :)

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      Maggie Maggie moo moo 2 years ago

      This is the real magnus now

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      shut up nick 2 years ago

      shut up nick

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      (This one isn't real) Maggie Maggie moo moo 2 years ago

      No i'm the real one(!) dur!

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      Shut up maggie 2 years ago

      shut up maggie maggie moo moo who doesn't like being called maggie maggie moo moo which ever one u r cos loads of people are saying that they are u

      P.S. they are almost all me so i do know which one is u

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      Maggie -Maggie-breadsticks-moo 2 years ago

      It's me i'm the real one!

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      the beast 2 years ago

      yay happisburgh

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      lol 2 years ago

      lol maggie breadsticks moo thingy or whatever u're name is now

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      look piers 2 years ago

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      piers 2 years ago

      who was that

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      nick 2 years ago

      probably magnus

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      xur has the mica multi tool 2 years ago

      yayayayayyayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayayay

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