As the 61st anniversary of the 1953 East Coast Floods came around on Friday (January 31) a number of residents came together to remember them.
A small, but meaningful informal get together was arranged for 9am on Friday as a number of local residents and dignitaries came together at the Memorial Rock at Mablethorpe’s North Promenade to remember the lives that were lost.
People were remembered from Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Trusthorpe, Saltfleet and people who were visiting the area at the time floods of water crashed through the defences and people could do nothing but watch their homes get swept away, by an event that will always remain etched on people’s minds.
The Rev Peter Liley gave a short, but poignant service during freezing cold winds, but non the less, a service which all that heard it appreciated.
Coun Steve Palmer attended the service and told the Leader: “It was a freezing cold morning, but Rev Liley gave a very poignant service that was very short, but of course it was also a very meaningful one.”
During the evening on Friday, Sir Peter was held a surprise birthday party (see page 12), which Mayor of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, Coun Bernard Dobbs attended and led a tribute to those who lost their lives in the flood.
He also commended the emergency services for all their help during a great time of need and their quickness in the re-building phase.