Bryony Nierop-Reading accepted defeat
Bryony Nierop-Reading, 71, has finally had to accept defeat after fighting a bitter battle to hang on to her sensational £1 million views over the North Sea.
The heartbroken retired maths teacher choked back tears as she destroyed her caravan overlooking the beach at Happisburgh on the north Norfolk coast.
It is the final tragic twist in a drama played out since Mrs Nierop-Reading's beloved 1930s three-bed bungalow at the same idyllic spot was demolished in December 2013.
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I'm incredibly angry and deeply sad
Her dream post-First World War house – which she bought for just £25,000 in 2008 – was torn down after devastating coastal erosion ripped into the 80ft cliff she was perched on top of.
Mrs Nierop-Reading moved into her caravan just yards away as she refused to give up the stunning outlook she loved bringing the glorious east coast straight into her front room.
The feisty pensioner, who's also ran a tractor repair business, was told to quit the site by North Norfolk District Council by February 2015.
Friends and supporters joined Mrs Nierop-Reading
Outraged Bryony appealed against the ultimatum and lost but the appeal inspector extended the eviction deadline to December 10, 2016.
The council then extended the date to January 7 this year before finally warning the OAP she had to be out by yesterday (Sunday).
Friends and supporters joined Mrs Nierop-Reading on an emotion-charged day yesterday to help demolish her caravan and meet the eviction deadline.
"I'm incredibly angry and deeply sad.
Mrs Nierop-Reading was told to quit the site by North Norfolk District Council
"I lost my last home to the sea and am now losing another through a human decision I think is cruel.
"The great support of other people has strengthened me and helped me to cope in an extremely stressful situation," insisted Mrs Nierop-Reading, who's lived on top of the crumbling cliff for the last nine years.
"We are smashing the caravan to pieces.
"The plastic is going in the skip, the timber on the bonfire and the metal will be recycled.
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"It has been marvellous living here with the fantastic views of the sea on two sides and I'm going to miss it very much indeed." The Great Outdoors lover will now take to the road in a mobile home she has bought with her two cats Socrates and Mischa and aims to visit other areas hit by coastal erosion.
Mrs Nierop-Reading also plans to sell a house in Witton Heath, near North Walsham, that's been lived in by her daughter and son-law for four years.
She's going to buy a new property in Happisburgh with the cash.
Mrs Nierop-Reading's close friend, Stephen Burke, helped her smash her caravan to bits yesterday.
Mrs Nierop-Reading is going to buy a new property in Happisburgh
Mr Burke said: "Bryony is a long-standing friend and neighbour – these are the sort of things you should do to help.
"I have supported her in her battle with the council over a number of years and this is just the latest phase.
"I hope to see her back in the village soon."
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