In 1995 the small island of Montserrat was devastated by a volcano that flattened its capital Plymouth leaving some 7000 islanders homeless. In its heyday, throughout the 1980’s and ‘90’s it was an essential stopping off point in the itinerary of almost every rum-swilling rock’n’roller of note. Sir George Martin, the Beatles producer had built Air studio on the island, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, the Police, and Steve Wonder all came here to record their albums. It was a fabulous spot with empty beaches, rum and barracuda barbecues and discreet villas tucked into the hills, but the idyll would not last, on the 18th July 1995 the Soufriere Hills volcano awoke for the first time in recorded history. It has continued erupting ever since. These ongoing eruptions have devastated the island and made large parts of it uninhabitable. Within a year of that first eruption thousands of residents had to flee, relocating to the USA, other Caribbean islands or in most cases settle in the UK. Today the eerie silence of the capital Plymouth, remains a shockingly vivid testament to the havoc caused by the volcano and its power to disrupt people’s lives. Plymouth is now largely buried, just the tops of the Court house, the Government building, the school, the main night club, Barclays bank, the only petrol station, visible under the tons of boulders, ash, and lava. Properties where just abandoned, in the hope of their residents that they would one day return. They never did.