Pendennis Point of View column

As we were saying . . . it sometimes seems that little has changed down the decades, at least concerning local news issues.

In other ways, though, a great deal about Falmouth-Penryn has changed, in a comparatively short space of time. Looking back, has there ever been such a transformational quarter-century for the area?

Letting my imagination wander, I sometimes look around me for everything different that my father, who died in 1990, would notice if he were to return now.

He would immediately be struck by the thousands of students in the area, along with the vast new uni complex at Tremough and those huge wind turbines on the skyline.

He would blink in disbelief at such a busy local railway line, with the trains full and frequent.

He would stare across Falmouth harbour and think that half the Docks had disappeared – with the Empire and King’s wharves now no more – but then he might see a cruise ship or two, with hundreds of passengers swarming ashore.

And he couldn’t help but notice how much more vibrant, more alive, the whole waterfront area has become, especially with Events Square and the National Maritime Museum.

Then there is the Penryn by-pass . . . and the superstores – Asda, Sainsburys, Lidl.

To say nothing of runners, runners, runners, sometimes every 100 yards or so. Plus people walking along with glowing little rectangular things in their hands or pressed to their ears (with the internet and email, Twitter, Facebook etc etc all unheard of just 23 years ago, of course).

But then my Old Man could turn to the Packet. After the shock of seeing it printed in colour, he might notice a photo of Geoffrey Evans as Mayor – and conclude that some things do indeed never change!

By Mike Truscott

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4:23pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I think that is a lovely article.
I think that is a lovely article. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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6:09pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Wave says...

Society doesn't evolve quick enough for me.
Society doesn't evolve quick enough for me. Wave
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6:47pm Sun 24 Feb 13

victoriameldrew says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
I think that is a lovely article.
have to agree. My mother in law died in 1990, my father in law, 1994 - my how things have changed. When I look back to those days when they were around it is astounding how much has changed. They lived in Wellington Terrace and were dead against the plans to build in front of them - there are now flats and houses there - they would have been horrified and very unhappy - kind of makes me glad that they are not hear to see that.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: I think that is a lovely article.[/p][/quote]have to agree. My mother in law died in 1990, my father in law, 1994 - my how things have changed. When I look back to those days when they were around it is astounding how much has changed. They lived in Wellington Terrace and were dead against the plans to build in front of them - there are now flats and houses there - they would have been horrified and very unhappy - kind of makes me glad that they are not hear to see that. victoriameldrew
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7:20pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Wave says...

The occupants of those flats and houses are no doubt very happy to be safe in a home.
There are different degrees of happiness.
Not wanting neighbours is a petty ideal.
The occupants of those flats and houses are no doubt very happy to be safe in a home. There are different degrees of happiness. Not wanting neighbours is a petty ideal. Wave
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1:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

victoriameldrew says...

Wave wrote:
The occupants of those flats and houses are no doubt very happy to be safe in a home.
There are different degrees of happiness.
Not wanting neighbours is a petty ideal.
it was nothing to do with not wanting neighbours - they had neighbours either side and at the back of them - my meaning was that, where these houses have been built on a very narrow road running in front of the houses at Wellington Terrace, my deceased in laws could foresee how the traffic would be horrendous - and it is!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wave[/bold] wrote: The occupants of those flats and houses are no doubt very happy to be safe in a home. There are different degrees of happiness. Not wanting neighbours is a petty ideal.[/p][/quote]it was nothing to do with not wanting neighbours - they had neighbours either side and at the back of them - my meaning was that, where these houses have been built on a very narrow road running in front of the houses at Wellington Terrace, my deceased in laws could foresee how the traffic would be horrendous - and it is!!! victoriameldrew
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3:55pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Wave says...

With the population increases we have, there seems to be little choice.
Apart from a discussion on reducing population.
With the population increases we have, there seems to be little choice. Apart from a discussion on reducing population. Wave
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