Guernsey Beaches – Petit Port
One of the many wonders of being in Guernsey is the freedom to drop into an idyllic spot within a few minutes of wherever you are on the Island.
Between viewings, Ant took advantage of the sunshine and headed down to Petit Port Beach in the parish of St. Martins.
Although it’s stunning, Petit Port doesn’t have all the mod cons you’d expect from a beach nowadays. There’s no restaurant overlooking the bay. No ice cream van. No car park. No boat moored off shore. Petit Port just minds it’s own business beneath the south eastern cliffs that tower over the Island. And that’s what makes it a remarkable spot.
Golden sand in the truest form where usually your footprint is the first of the day. Where else in the world do you find a remote spot like this nowadays?
World War 2 Spy – Hubert Nicolle
And just to add to Petit Ports uniqueness, there comes a compelling story of a war hero named Hubert Nicolle.
Lt Nicolle has been dubbed ‘the first commando’ for his daring solo mission in Guernsey.
He was sent on 8 July 1940 to find out what effect the German Occupation, which had started on 30 June, was having on the island’s population.
A commemorative stone was placed at Icart above Le Jaonnet Bay (a nearby beach we’ll see in another video) where he came ashore and where he was picked up from by the Royal Navy three days later.
Lt Nicolle returned to his home island in September 1940 from, but on this trip was forced to give himself up to the German authorities.
He and a fellow Guernseyman, Lt James Symes volunteered for this second mission to Guernsey. They landed in plain clothes by MTB (motor torpedo-boat) at Petit Port beach at 3am on 3 September 1940.
The Royal Navy “taxi service” failed to collect them and, on 2l October, they were forced to give themselves up to the Germans. In the meantime Ambrose (later Sir Ambrose) Sherwill, the President of the island’s wartime Controlling Committee, had negotiated with the German Commandant, Major Fritz Bandelow, for any members of the British armed forces still in the island who gave themselves up to be treated as POWs.
He managed to escape from Spangenberg PoW camp through a tunnel only to be recaptured and was held for the rest of the war until he was liberated by American forces in 1945. He died in 1998.
You have to see it to still not believe it!
Check it out in the video below.