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Do you have memories of the East Coast floods?

Residents are being encouraged to share their memories of the East Coast floods as the 70th anniversary of the devastating event approaches.

Picture of the East Coast Floods

On January 31, 1953, without any warning, floods hit Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Lowestoft and Hunstanton, among other areas, killing 300 people and leaving thousands more without homes.

The council are asking people to share their memories of the flood, to be included in an exhibit for the 70th anniversary remembrance service in January 2023.

The service, held at Great Yarmouth Minster, will be led by Revd Simon Ward, with the Mayor and other dignitaries in attendance. There will also be candles at the Minster for people to light for those lost during the floods.

Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Graham Plant, said: "The East Coast floods were the worst natural disaster Britain experienced during the 20th century, and it's important that 70 years on we recognise and acknowledge those that sadly lost their lives."

"If you or anyone you know has any memories of the floods, please do share them with us, so we can continue to teach the younger generations about the history of our borough."

Anyone wishing to contribute to the project, should email by Friday, January 13.

Last modified on 04 October 2023

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