Zero hour nears 27th February 1970
In little more than a month "the ballon will go up" for a number of people - those who hope to substantiate a claim to the Melhuish Estate, largely comprising Northam Burrows and, it is said, a substantial section of Appledore, and those who occupy what is said to be Melhuish property. March 28th is the reputed date on which the 200 yr old lease fall in, and from that date a number of claimants will - for who knows how long? - be perched on a knife edge flanked by hope and fear.
Northam Urban Council as lords of the manor will, says their Clerk, Mr A Gardner, carry on on behalf of the freeholders until they turn up.