Archived stories 2012

Birkenhead Memories

David: When I was a child the Birkenhead in Hermanus was a simple family hotel and we used to peer wide eyed through the windows as farming folk enjoyed 'sakkie sakkie' music and their Saturday night 'langarm' dances. Whenever I return to Hermanus I am filled with these memories and others of exploring the mountains, collecting mussels and fishing at the historic harbour. The old hotel where I watched dancing farmers as a child, burnt down in the 90s, and was bought by the Biden Family as their holiday escape.