/ The tunnel at the back of penny bay, Dewerstone
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Named after my grandfather Keith Lawder, who made the first "descent" back in the 1950s. He was a big man and halfway down became severely wedged. Fortunately there were two companions present, one at the top and the other beneath. Despite his uncompromising position the admiral was still able to direct the campaign for his release. The top man was instructed to cut the braces attached to granddad's voluminous breeches, whilst the bottom man pulled. After a brief struggle the breeches were released to be followed shortly afterwards by the then director of Devonport dockyard resplendent in his long-johns.
He always maintained that had he been wearing a belt he would still be there.
On another occasion we had a similar epic on the notoriously tight Dodger's Chimney at Chair Ladder when his even more substantial brother, Pa, ground to a halt a few feet below the exit. I was ordered to jump on his shoulders whilst my grandfather hung from his boots. All I remember is a series of stentorian grunts, followed by a distant thud and shortly after a pair of very disheveled retired senior naval officers arguing vociferously as they made their way up the gully.
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