70th anniversary of the East Coast Floods

​70th anniversary of the East Coast Floods

The floods at a bungalow in Sutton on Sea called Sorrento.
The floods at a bungalow in Sutton on Sea called Sorrento.

​PRESS RELEASE *** PRESS RELEASE *** PRESS RELEASE31st January this year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most

devastating events to strike Lincolnshire when the sea surge of 1953 caused immense damage along our coast and flooded hundreds of acres of farmland. It required the whole population of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea to be

evacuated and found shelter in Louth and Alford. The Lincolnshire Film

Archive have been invited to stage a showing of contemporary film of the

flooding and the clear-up operations. This will take place at Nichol Hill

Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 31 January. This is the first of the ‘Ants & Nats’ lecture programme, and visitors are very welcome, admission £4.

The programme will include two compilations of film from the days

immediately following the floods. The first is of footage shot by Louth &

Grimsby photographer Gordon Lock on behalf of Clugston (the firm which

transported the slag used to re-build the sea defences), and by John Lill who was with the Territorials. The second is of amateur film shot by three

residents of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea. A further short item is about

the repairs to sea defences in Sutton and Holbeach Marsh. There then

follows a related but later item Land From the Sea about land reclamation in the 1970s.

Besides these Flood items there will be two Louth Films: Old Fashioned

Winter (by Bertie Hallam & Bert Rawlings, 1938/9) and Louth in the Sixties

(by Louth Photographic Society & Harold Jackson)

Below is a photograph taken by Louth photographer H L Howe who was also working with the Territorials as they carried out emergency operations to

secure the coast against the next high tide. It shows a bungalow at Sutton called Sorrento.

Jean Howard, Programme Secretary

Louth Naturalists’, Antiquarian & Literary Society