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Services to be held for Lincolnshire victims of Great Flood in 1953

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

  • A photograph on display at the exhibition showing the number 52 bus stuck in flood water in 1953

  • Animals being rescued after the flood

  • The promenade at Sutton on Sea

  • Flooding around the Savoy Cinema

  • FLOOD EXHIBITION: A special exhibition on the 1953 floods was held at the Meridale Centre in Sutton on Sea. Pictured are flood wardens Dennis Lowe and Helen Parkhurst with sisters Mary Barker and Joan Bowers who were rescued during the floods.

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SPECIAL services will be held across the Lincolnshire coast to mark the 60th anniversary of the devastating floods.

On January 31, it is 60 years since the Great Flood in which 42 people died.

A number of special services are being held along the coast, including a wave of prayer at churches throughout Thursday afternoon.

The wave will start at Mablethorpe at 2.30pm, Ingoldmells at 4.30pm and the tolling of church bells at 6pm, with a service in Skegness led by the Bishop of Lincoln at 6pm.

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A special memorial rock will be unveiled in Mablethorpe tomorrow (Thursday) bearing the names of the Lincolnshire people who lost their lives.

The rock will be by the skate part on North Parade.

Last weekend, the Meridale Centre in Sutton on Sea hosted a special exhibition of the 1953 flood disaster.

The exhibition on Sutton on Sea and Mablethorpe included personal accounts, newspaper reports and audio reports and photos.

The services taking place are:

MABLETHORPE

THE Dunes Complex, Central Promenade, 2pm: Poetry and music from local school children, an audio visual representation of the thoughts and memories of those present at the time of the disaster, prayers and the reading of the names of those who lost their lives.

A live stream of the dedication at the memorial rock will be fed back to the theatre.

The service and dedication will be led by Reverend Peter Lilley in the presence of the Mayor Councillor Joyce Taylor, former mayor Helen Parkhurst who contributed funds from the Mayor’s charity fund 2010 which facilitated the placing of the memorial rock and leader of East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Doreen Stephenson.

Light refreshments will be available after.

SKEGNESS

A MEMORIAL service for the people who lost their lives will be held at St Matthew’s Church in Skegness at 6pm.

Organised by the chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, the service will be led by the Bishop of Lincoln, The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson.

Before the service, the Bishop will bless the sea defences at 5.30pm in Scarborough Parade.

INGOLDMELLS

THIRTEEEN residents of Ingoldmells died in the disaster on January 31, 1953, many of which are buried in the churchyard in Ingoldmells.

The chairman of Ingoldmells Parish Council John Arnott-Watson accompanied by Councillor Colin Davie, will lay a wreath at the plaque at Ingoldmells Church at 2.45pm on Thursday.

A civic reception will take place in the Royal Arthur Centre at 3.15pm prior to the Prayer Service at St Peter and Paul’s Church, Ingoldmells. Church service at 4.30pm.

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