A derelict bus shelter has been transformed into a new vantage point for residents and holidaymakers alike.

The shelter was originally constructed on land donated by two residents of Village Farm, East Portlemouth to provide a place for village children to wait for the school bus.

The shelter has since fallen into disrepair, but now has the chance at a new life and has been rebuilt as a viewpoint over the Kingsbridge and Salcombe ria.

Isobel Waterhouse, the daughter of the couple who donated the land, cut the ribbon at the formal opening of the new viewing area on Easter weekend which was attended by many.

Chairman of the parish council, Mike Harris, started proceedings by thanking all those who had been involved in the project, Norman Brooking Builders for their “skilled and diligent work”; The Plastic Company of Kingsbridge for supplying the recycled plastic benches; Fiona van Es, who designed and created the information board; Fitzpatrick Woolmer for supplying the board; and Lindsey Lindley, who had overseen the project on behalf of the parish council.

Lindsey then gave a brief history of the area and project, before handing over proceedings to Isobel, who explained how her parents had donated the land, however over the year the number of children in the village dwindled and the shelter had fallen into disrepair.

Mike said it will be a valuable asset for the village, allowing people to enjoy one of the finest views in the country in comfort.

Attendees then enjoyed a glass of bubbly while taking in the view under the sun.