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Hunstanton floods memorial will not be moved

PUBLISHED: 22:16 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 22:16 30 January 2017

The memorial to victims of the 1953 floods in Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

The memorial to victims of the 1953 floods in Hunstanton. Picture: Chris Bishop

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A memorial to 31 victims of the 1953 floods looks set to be staying put.

A memorial to 31 victims of the 1953 floods looks set to be staying put.

There was anger in Hunstanton over West Norfolk council’s plans to move the tribute from its spot on the cliff tops.

Officials wanted to put it in a new heritage garden being built as part of a £1m revamp of the esplanade.
But now contractors have been to inspect the stone and slate memorial. They say it would be damaged if it was moved.

West Norfolk council cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said the tribute would now remain in its current location, close to the resort’s war memorial.

Some 31 people died when the sea broke through defences along Hunstanton’s south beach in the 1953 storm which devastated the east coast.

Fifteen of them were local people, while 16 were members of American service families living in chalets close to the low-lying shoreline.

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