Remembering the Victims of the Great Flood of 1953
Unveiling of the Memorial Cairn at Heacham's North Beach


A Flood
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Local Memories
of the Great Flood
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Local Memories
of the Great Flood
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Timetable to
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Stella of Heacham-On-Line would like to thank Barry
for supplying the photos and Philippa Sewell for supplying the
detail to make the first page of this feature possible.

 Assembling for the ceremony
The unveiling of the cairn to commemorate those that
lost their lives
in the great floods of 1953
took place at
Heacham's North Beach
on Tuesday, 31 January 2006.

  Assembling for the ceremony
Special guests were Ivor Stuart, who donated 50 to the cost of building the memorial, and Colin Turner, who was called out to rescue residents on the night from RAF Swanton Morley.  It was naturally an emotional moment for Colin Turner as it was his first visit to the beach since 1953.
Parish Councillors who attended were Mike Jennings Chairman, Marcus Zeebroek,
Vice-Chairman, Lou Durrant and Geoff Playford. 
Chairman of Friends of Heacham Beaches, Mary Pishorn, was also present
along with a number of other residents who turned out to observe the ceremony.
 Mike Jennings
marked the unveiling
recalling Marcus
Liddington's words
at the service of
Mike Jennings unveils Mike Jennings & Ivor Stuart
The meaning behind this small monument is to remember and mourn
those that lost their lives,
but it is also about recognition and acknowledging
the debt of gratitude owed to so many people.
People who stepped forward that night and in the days that followed
to save lives or to provide shelter and comfort.
The memorial is made of beach rubble and flint cobbles set with blue bricks.
Those pictured above include (right to left): Phillippa Sewell, Unknown Gentleman, Unknown Lady, Geoff Playford, Mary Pishorn, Marcus Zeebroek, Unknown Lady, Colin Turner, Lou Durrant, Ivor Stuart and a group of 7 unknowns thereafter.
If you can fill in the gaps please let me know.

The plaque (pictured below) was made for the Heacham service of reflection held in 2003.

Below is the Snettisham memorial for the flood victims.