1953 East Coast floods: Touching tribute to think of victims
A MINUTE'S silence to remember those who lost lives during the East Coast floods was held in Cleethorpes.
People paused during a traditional Sunday service at St Peter's Church, St Peter's Avenue, to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the tragedy 60 years ago.
To this day, the floods are hailed the worst natural disaster the East Coast has ever seen – and many still have vivid memories of that fatal day in 1953.
To share these memories with the rest of North East Lincolnshire, the Grimsby Telegraph has extensively reported on people's recollections of the floods, with more stories to be published as the week goes on.
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During the church service led by the Reverend Paul Hunter, a minute's silence was held before the congregation burst into song with the hymn For Those In Peril On The Sea.
Mr Hunter, said: "More than 40 people across Lincolnshire lost their lives during the floods on January 31, 1953, and we remember them today.
"Thankfully, no one in Cleethorpes was killed, but there were men from the resort who were lost at sea when their trawler sank.
"But the worst in nature brought out the best in people and people helped each other out."
After these words of tribute, the Sunday service resumed as normal, but people still kept in mind the flood victims.
Heather Hammond, of Cleethorpes, was about ten years old when the floods happened and she can recall how terrified her mother was.
She said: "Mum packed suitcases and was ready to leave, as we lived in a flat in Victoria Terrence, Cleethorpes, at the time.
"As a ten-year-old I found it all quite exciting, but it did cause a lot of devastation.
"I think it is important we pay our respects to that day, as many people who lived through it still talk about what went on."
Rosemary Brown, of Cleethorpes, recalls waking up in the middle of the night to find her brother, his wife and two children had arrived in the resort on the back of a lorry, as their home near the River Humber had flooded.
She said: "I can remember it so clearly. They were very frightened and stayed with me in Cleethorpes for several weeks until their home was sorted.
"I am glad the Sunday service paused to reflect upon that day."
Mr Hunter added: "It was the community who asked me to remember the floods during the service.
"I was more than happy to do so, as I know it touched so many people in various ways."