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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.

Tigne Point April 2010.

Tigne Development project.April 2010.

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OldBat   [Apr 30, 2010 at 04:46 PM]
It's UGH!
Chris Howells   [May 01, 2010 at 06:04 AM]
I'm with you on that one Old Bat. As Prince Charles would say....a ginormous carbuncle
phillrose   [May 01, 2010 at 01:19 PM]
Yes, another vote for carbuncle.
Martin Powell   [May 02, 2010 at 09:29 AM]
The open entrance on the beach just above the fishermen is the building that still houses the boom defence winchgear, all still intact with the hawser and open to vandals like me who bother to swim to it. Just needs a retired RFA sea captain to do a few minutes work with a wire brush and it should work. Also another access to the caves - making three that I found and explored, gaining access to the round tower as well. Just like the old days.
Prefect   [May 02, 2010 at 10:40 AM]
I shall resist the challenge, but might take a torch on my next visit. Don't fancy having to swim with it though, my camera isnt waterproof, can't I clamber over a fence?
jane banks   [May 02, 2010 at 11:49 AM]
Well spotted Martin ,I got my words mixed up with the Manoel Island programme. Have now corrected the description .
phillrose   [May 02, 2010 at 01:03 PM]
Martin, if my memory serves me right, we found our way into the winch gear room via the tunnels under Tigne, am sure there was no acces from the beach in my time. Our entry to the tunnels was made through one of the pill boxes down on the beach.
Martin Powell   [May 03, 2010 at 09:52 AM]
Yes Phil - you could then, now you can do it in reverse. Don't know of the pillbox entrance, though I remember one just outside the NAAFI which had a locked iron gate. The three on the beach (four if you count the little one you can swim through) are wide open. There also used to be the metal mast about 40ft high that supported the cable. That stood there rusting away all through the sixties - with rungs to climb to the top. Don't know anyone who did, they were very rusty. This fell (or was taken down) and was lying on the beach in the 90s, now disappeared (probably in the drink). The rusty stump is still there.

My camera wasn't waterproof either - more poly bags next time.

Sept 2010 - now open access to Tigne Point Mall, you will be able to get to the beach via steps soon. Round Tower nearly finished. Caves surely to be blocked up good & proper, but we got in again last week! Pics to follow.
Prefect   [May 03, 2010 at 10:58 AM]
So does that mean the whole waterfront round the point is private property or is this just during construction? I suppose its no using going on about the Crown owning the bits between high & low water in this instance!!
Martin Powell   [May 03, 2010 at 11:16 AM]
Just during building I think. The beach doesn't have any private property signs, it's just that there is one bit where there is no path, just cliff. There used to be a wooden bridge but that's long gone. As for access from the seaward (Tigne Beach) side, this is also closed during development - watch this space?

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