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JennyMorgan
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http://www.edp24.co.uk/norfolk-life/the_storms_of_1953_the_build_up_to_the_worst_peacetime_disaster_1_1829856

Back then my father owned a shop in Oulton Broad. I can remember the phone going as he was told that the sea wall behind the shop had broken and Oulton Broad was flooding from the sea. We all piled into Dad's car and set off to rescue what we could but by the time we got there the sea had done its damage. A friend of ours, Royal Flaxman, was trying to take photographs however he couldn't stand still because of the force of the wind and water. With my brother and I pushing hard against him he managed to keep still long enough to get his pictures. An amazing night for a seven year old and his fifteen year old brother. Ice cream fridges were floating in the shop, heart breaking for Dad, he'd only just got over, financially, the loss of another shop during WWII. The next day our rowing boat was found to be missing, later Dad & my brother recovered it from the bandstand on the park!

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BBC Lincs & Yorkshire are showing a program about the  North Sea floods tonight at 7.30. I am not sure if its being shown in all BBC regions.

Maurice

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More here:
http://www.archivealive.org/video/index/id/117

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people about?

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Surprisingly little on Google images but I did find this one of Yarmouth:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/suewhite/1925131911/lightbox/

Jenny Morgan,
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Great piece of archive film there JM. What struck me was the 'life goes on as usual attitude' of the people and the modes of transport used to get around, from a boat to a horse and to whatever that last contraption was called. Despite the devastation they still managed to smile and take it in their stride. A different breed of people in them there days.

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           Jim
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That last contraption would have been from the nearby
timber yard. It would drive over a pile of planks and
then carry them to where they were needed, forgotten
all about them. I wonder if any still exist?

Yes, a different breed, Norfolk Playful Wink

Had it far worse down at Canvey in Essex, don't suppose
the attitude would have been any different down there.

Jenny Morgan,
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bit before my time  Blush  but very interesting. We will try it watch online, unless you have room for two and knasher

maggie
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Steve & Maggie.

Magellan (Westward 38)

Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

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JM nowdays in my home county of Essex they would only worry about their fake tans and their stilletos

all the best
           Jim
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And that's only the Blokes!! tounge-in-cheek Tinhat

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My "Aunt and Uncle" had moved from Sheffield to Yarmouth during the war, George was an electrical engineer and was working at the electronics factory near the Harbour mouth (Plessey?) on the development of Radar. They lived in a caravan on the harbour and spent a terrifying night on the roof of it hoping it didn't get washed away. George I believe built a lot of the amusements at the funfair in his spare time and his wife Connie had the Candy Floss stall at Hemsby which George had built as well. George is still alive in his 80's living in Yarmouth. His house has outbuildings which used to be a coach house and stables which he used as a workshop and it is stuffed with old slot machines and part built rides and projects. A proper "Alladins Cave"

if it is to be it is up to me!

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