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Accommodation worry for Boscastle
Boscastle: Residents celebrate the village's recovery
About 440m gallons of water surged through the village on 16 August
More marketing is to be done to attract overnight visitors to a Cornish village devastated by floods.

Day-trippers say they are amazed at the progress which has been made since a 10ft (3 metre) wall of water crashed through Boscastle on 16 August.

Almost a year after the floods, the village is bustling with sightseers, but bookings for self-catering, hotel and bed and breakfast are slow.

However local visitor centres are confident bookings will pick up.

Hard work

Rebecca David, manager of the visitor centres in Boscastle and Tintagel, said: "We've been very busy in the daytime and I hope and think it will have a knock-on effect next year.

"I'm confident when people see how beautiful it is here they will feel they can come and stay."

Day visitors have been arriving in their thousands and say they are delighted by what they have found.

One holidaymaker said: "It looks really lovely and you can see the money and effort which has been spent on it.

"It's phenomenal. A lot of hard work has been done to get the tourists back here and it's worked."

Damage put at millions of pounds was caused by the disaster when an estimated 440m gallons of water tore through Boscastle.

About 80 people were lifted to safety by helicopter, including some who had scrambled onto rooftops to flee the water.


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