4.40pm update: Sheringham hotel chimney blown down in gale. Blakeney sailor determined to stay on his boat tonight

A chimney at the Burlington Hotel, Sheringham has been blown down. Picture: Callum Ringer A chimney at the Burlington Hotel, Sheringham has been blown down. Picture: Callum Ringer

Thursday, December 5, 2013
4:58 PM

A chimney on one of Sheringham seafront’s landmark buildings blew down in the gale force winds.

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Flood warnings. David Jones, from Wells, preparing for a night on his boat in Blakeney harbour.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYFlood warnings. David Jones, from Wells, preparing for a night on his boat in Blakeney harbour. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The structure tumbled down at the east end of the Burlington Hotel on The Esplanade.

Police have cordoned off the area after the collapse at about 3pm.

Receptionist Alice Borrman said: “We heard a massive crash and saw bricks everywhere.”

The 23 bedroom hotel, dating back to 1899 and the resort’s Victorian holiday heyday, is open as usual, hosting guests and a Christmas buffet tonight, Thursday.

Just along the coast at Blakeney Quay, defiant sailor David Jones, 62, from Mill Court, Wells is hoping to protect his moored £30,000 sailing vessel called Kabeeni.

He said: “The intention is to stay aboard but if the boat touches the quay, I’m off. But I’m not going off without a fight.”

He said the wind speed had increased I intensity throughout the afternoon and said he thought it was between 65-70mph.

Mr Jones, who has owned the boat for two years, said it was a scary experience but if he managed to sleep on the vessel tonight he would attempt another night’s sleep on it tomorrow.

To prevent it from being damaged in the flooding and storm he has put down three anchors but said if the boat ended up on the quay it would be a write off.

He added today’s weather was the worst he had experienced.

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