Cromer café owner in shock after business is gutted by the floods

Floods. Damage to Cromer promenade.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Floods. Damage to Cromer promenade. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Monday, December 9, 2013
5:30 PM

A Cromer café owner is in shock after her business was destroyed by the severe weather which hit the Norfolk coast.

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Sarah Lynch, 41, from Northrepps, has run the Sarah’s Sweets and Treats on the promenade above the west beach for three years.

The waves destroyed the front of the café and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Miss Lynch said: “The force of the wind blew me half way along the promenade on Thursday afternoon. I couldn’t shut the door. I had no idea that the flood would cause the devastation that it did. It is hard to feel too sad about it because it is only stuff. It is just a shock.

“It is just money and where the community cannot help me put the business back together, I will build it up myself.

“I feel very sad for the people in Hemsby who have lost their homes.”

The business is open between Easter and October and sells tea, coffee, ice cream, buckets and spades, as we all as other items.

Miss Lynch said all her stock for next season, two freezers, a fridge and an ice cream machine had been wrecked, along with everything else in the building.

The council has responsibility to rebuild the unit and she is determined to re-open next Easter.

“All I need is a few tins of paint, a fridge, freezer and a till. I’m going to do it up in a basic way,” Miss Lynch added.

She said the café made her feel at peace.

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