THE barrels washed up on the beach at Whitmore Bay are the remains of the barbed wire installation, which was erected across the beach during the Second World War (see picture).
Barrels were filled with concrete and posts were inserted in them before the concrete set. They were then rolled down the beach when the tide was going out and holes were dug in the sand and the barrels were placed in the holes and covered over with sand.
After the war was over the barbed wire was removed and the posts were cut off leaving just the barrels filled with concrete. I believe that these are the barrels that were washed up on the beach in the last storm.