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The old tree was falling down and the Town Council in their wisdom decided to fell it. But the people of Bideford had different ideas and rose up in rebellion against their council. In the end a local sculptor came to the rescue and sculpted a helping hand to hold the tree up, and the Council held off with their plans to fell it.

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Bideford is a small seaport in Devon, England. It is located at the mouth of the River Torridge, and has a population of 15,000 people (2012 estimate).

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Prince's Hotel Garni at the junction of Orchard & Bideford Roads, directly across the present Mandarin Hotel. Circa 1960s.

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Lundy island off the north coast of Devon. Great day trip from Bideford, Clovelly or Ilfracombe (image by guest-travel-writers.com)

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