From The Exmouth Journal, Saturday February 8th, 1930:
"FAIR PLAY FOR GULLS
To The Editor of The Exmouth Journal.
In your paper you always seem to encourage kindness to dumb creatures, so I send you the following.
Kindly residents at the bungalows throw food to the birds and a week ago two sportsmen (!) with their guns were seen to hide behind a boat on the sand in order to get shots at the birds as they hungrily fluttered in crowds on the beach.
I wonder if all the youths who are continually shooting at birds round the Point have paid for their gun licences.
A TEMPORARY RESIDENT
The Point, Exmouth, February 3rd."
I think this letter well defines the unbridgeable gulf between those of us who love and those who hate seagulls. Myself, as readers of this blog might know, I tend to side with the former. As for those Exmouth 'youths', they will be at least in their nineties by now but they know who they are, I hope they are still thoroughly ashamed of themselves.