Elizabeth Cross for soldier’s sister

PUBLISHED: 13:30 25 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:30 25 June 2010

While speculation about drought in other areas of the country grows, South West Water is reassuring customers that water restrictions in the South West are highly unlikely. 

Despite the recent spell of sunny weather, reservoir levels in the South West are looking healthy and although river levels reflect the recent dry weather, regional groundwater levels remain around average or above for the time of year. 

Total reservoir storage is 85.8%, compared to 92.8% at this time last year. Colliford is 93% full, Roadford is 84% full and Wimbleball is 84% full. 

There have been no hosepipe bans in the south west since 1996 and since the droughts of 1976, when customers in north Devon had to collect water from standpipes, South West Water has developed five new reservoirs   Roadford, Wimbleball, Colliford, Stannon and Park   increasing the region s storage total by 87,383 megalitres. 

Stannon, a former china clay quarry bought from minerals extraction company Imerys in 2008, will become a fully operational

While speculation about drought in other areas of the country grows, South West Water is reassuring customers that water restrictions in the South West are highly unlikely. Despite the recent spell of sunny weather, reservoir levels in the South West are looking healthy and although river levels reflect the recent dry weather, regional groundwater levels remain around average or above for the time of year. Total reservoir storage is 85.8%, compared to 92.8% at this time last year. Colliford is 93% full, Roadford is 84% full and Wimbleball is 84% full. There have been no hosepipe bans in the south west since 1996 and since the droughts of 1976, when customers in north Devon had to collect water from standpipes, South West Water has developed five new reservoirs Roadford, Wimbleball, Colliford, Stannon and Park increasing the region s storage total by 87,383 megalitres. Stannon, a former china clay quarry bought from minerals extraction company Imerys in 2008, will become a fully operational

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Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Eric Dancer, presented Olive Watts, sister of Sidmouth soldier David Hamson, killed in Korea, with the Elizabeth Cross.

MONDAY was a day to remember for Olive Watts, when she received the Elizabeth Cross from the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Eric Dancer.

It was the culmination in a journey by her and Sidmouth Royal British Legion to honour her late brother, David Hamson, who was killed, aged 19, during the bloody Battle of Imjin River in Korea in April 1951.

Dave O’Connor, Sidmouth RBL’s chairman, started the quest to have a memorial erected as well as securing Private Hamson’s wartime medals, which were presented to Olive, who lives in Moormead, Budleigh Salterton, by Sir John Cave at a special Remembrance presentation in Sidmouth.

A keen military historian, Dave organised the erection and dedication of a memorial plaque in the parish church to those killed after World War Two, to which Olive, her sister and family attended.

The Elizabeth Cross is presented to families of those killed in conflicts post-1945, including the Yangtze River, China; Suez; Aden; Falklands; Northern Ireland; Rhodesia; Iraq and Afghanistan.

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