Events to mark 60th anniversary of Lynmouth flood

Walks of witness, songs of praise and flower festival will mark 1952 disaster this August.

LYNMOUTH is planning a series of events this August to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the flood disaster that claimed 34 lives.

There will be walks of witness along the East and West Lyn rivers, a week-long flower festival at St John the Baptist Church and an open air Songs of Praise.

On August 15, 1952, nine inches of torrential rain in 24 hours led to the rivers bursting their banks, sweeping away homes, vehicles and people in an irresistible tide of water that carried all before it.

The 60th anniversary events will be on a smaller scale than those held 10 years ago to mark the 50th, when dignitaries included bishops, the Lord Lieutenant of Exeter and even the High Commissioner of Jamaica.

The flower festival opens on Saturday, August 11 and runs all week, with the anniversary day itself on Wednesday, August 15 given over to walks of witness following the rivers down to Lynmouth.

These will be led by National Trust rangers Julian Gurney and Daniel Ford, and accompanied by Reverend Philip Ringer and the Right Reverend Alan Winstanley.

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The following Songs of Praise will see members of the Lynmouth community who survived the flood reading the lessons and taking a major part in the service. All are welcome to attend.

The Flood Memorial Hall opposite Lynmouth harbour houses a free exhibition that includes many personal accounts and photographs.

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