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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The brute force of the sea smashing into Sheringham’s already shattered promenade was captured in this powerful frozen moment by local professional photographer Chris Taylor.
As a member of the town’s lifeboat crew he is fully aware of the might of the ocean. And he has been so moved by the plight of families affected by the storm that he is giving 75pc of the sale proceeds from people buying the image to the EDP’s Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal.
The 41-year-old, who is a lifelong resident of Sheringham, said the picture was proving popular and he had raised £300 for the appeal already.
He was pleased to “help the Norfolk people who lost their homes (and in many cases everything they own) in the tidal surge flooding last week.”
He added: “I have always been fascinated with the brutal power of the sea so when I saw the weather warnings I knew there would be some dramatic images to be taken but had no idea of just how much devastation there would be in this storm.
After earlier visiting Blakeney and Weybourne he arrived back in his home town just before high water to see huge crowds of people that had “turned out for the ‘show’.”
He added: “Standing on the cliffs near the Burlington the spray from the crashing waves was already coming up level with us occasionally.
“I’ve never seen seas this big in Sheringham before but had no idea of the destruction that would be revealed at first light as I headed down to the prom at 6am.
“Massive areas of concrete along the west end had been ripped up, the pedestrian door to the lifeboat shed was piled high with stones and starting to cave in.”
One beach cafe had been “totally ransacked with all doors and windows blown out”, another “looked like someone had tried to ram raid it.”
“Obviously being a lifeboat helmsman I am aware of the dangers of the sea so to get these images I made sure I didn’t put myself in direct peril from the waves but it’s fair to say that I got a good soaking in sea water,” he added.
To buy the prints - which range from £10 to £180, visit his blog at www.christaylorphoto.co.uk/blog or phone 01263 821589.
WAYS TO DONATE:
■ Transfer money online to THE EDP NORFOLK AND LOWESTOFT FLOOD APPEAL - Account number: 32314046 Sort code: 40-51-62
■ Through paypal here
■ Drop a cheque made payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation, into their offices at St James Mill, Whitefriars, in Norwich
■ Via the EDP head office, at Prospect House, Norwich – or any branch office – or Handelsbanken on Prince of Wales Road with cash or cheques made payable to EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal
■ By visiting the offices of North Norfolk District Council in Cromer. If you do this, cheques should be made payable to NNDC