1987 storm: Tractor driver’s photo album documents damage to north Norfolk farming estate

Ray Hall pictured with his flashback photos of the Stoley area after the October 1987 storms. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Ray Hall pictured with his flashback photos of the Stoley area after the October 1987 storms. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Friday, October 19, 2012
9:33 AM

Ray Hall was a tractor driver on the north Norfolk farming estate of Sloley, near Worstead, when the great storm of October 1987 struck.

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Mr Hall, of Teresa Road, Stalham, now aged 70, said it took “weeks and weeks” to clear the debris and, being a keen photographer, he documented the damage using an instant camera.

He has since put together an album of his photos for posterity and has shared his memories with the EDP.

He said: “That morning I had an early start at the estate and was unable to cycle in because of the weather – I had to walk.

“The farm was only about a mile away from our home, and when I got there we had to use chainsaws and tractors to clear the roads to give people access through the village.”

With 600,000 cubic metres of woodland lost throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, his photos are a telling reminder of the problems that people throughout our region woke up to.

- See more of Mr Hall’s photos in the gallery at the top-right of this page.

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