Can you remember where were you when the great storm of Friday, October 16, 1987 hit Norfolk and Suffolk?

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EDP coverage of October 1987 storm.EDP coverage of October 1987 storm.

If so, then we want to hear your stories and see your photos.

We are producing a series of specials in print and online to mark the 25th anniversary of the October storms.

Were you one of the unfortunate people who had a tree land on their property? Did you have to continue working through the storm? Or were you involved in helping people who had been badly affected?

We are particularly looking for video footage of the storm, which we can share with our online readers.

The storm saw gusts of over 100mph batter the south and east of England, claiming the lives of 18 people, mainly in the worst-hit areas of southern England.

The Met Office estimates that around 15 million trees were blown down around the country, with thousands of homes in Norfolk and Suffolk left without power for more than 24 hours.

If you have got memories of the storm to share, contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

9 comments

  • I donnot remember the storm , I slept thru it!!!! Ionly realised there was something wrong whem I awoke to find we had no power! My late father was a HGV driver, We lived on the depot,he was out overnight, the roads were blocked with fallen trees, we were not expecting him to be able to return home until much later, only to see him driving up the road, he knew the area well and kept driving around to find he roads that were not blocked...We had no power for several days, I,and my Late mother went blackberring, we cooked these on a camping stove.

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    lucy

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Strange how memories stick ! But seriously if it happens again I doubt the resources are there to respond as quickly and as well as we managed with help! From other electricty boards again

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    Shepie

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • I worked for eastern electrcity had a rostered day off Thursday woke up in the early hours with a neighbours window breaking , walked into work amongst the devastation worked 120 hours the following week brother in law had a couple of trees through his bungalow in Oulton broad and on telly and it was the local lifeboat ball on the saturday with his father in law as commodore

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    Shepie

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • I remember walking to work down The Avenues in Norwich. I had to walk down the middle of road as it was like a war zone. Trees blown over. Debris all over the place. Also, Norwich Union made workers who were unable to make it into work due to trains not running or whatever had to take the day as a day off. A fine company.

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    John Boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • I remember walking to work down The Avenues in Norwich. I had to walk down the middle of road as it was like a war zone. Trees blown over. Debris all over the place. Also, Norwich Union made workers who were unable to make it into work due to trains not running or whatever had to take the day as a day off. A fine company.

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    John Boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • I was working at Birds eye at Lowestoft and was on the early morning shift the morning of the storm. Leaving for work at 05.30 from Oulton Broad that morning was an ordeal as several roads were blocked with fallen trees, we saw other trees that had been blown over on to peoples houses. We arrived onto the car park which was graveled, the gravel was being picked up and blown like bullets across the car park. We ran to the entry gate but couldn't stop when we got there and were thrown against the fence with the force of the wind. I looked back across the car park and saw a cardboard side of a bulk box which is approx 6 foot by 4 foot being blown end over end coming towards us, a woman was in its path we tried shouting to her but she couldn't hear because of the noise of the wind it hit her throwing her to the ground. We forched our way back to where she was laying helped her to her feet and took her to the surgery in the factory. Production was cut back that day as there were not enough people to operate the machinery, some of the night shift who lived in Yarmouth spent the morning in the canteen as the buses that usually brought them into work couldn't get to the factory as the A12 was blocked with fallen trees, they eventually got home in the afternoon.

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    Paul

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I worked for eastern electrcity had a rostered day off Thursday woke up in the early hours with a neighbours window breaking , walked into work amongst the devastation worked 120 hours the following week brother in law had a couple of trees through his bungalow in Oulton broad and on telly and it was the local lifeboat ball on the saturday with his father in law as commodore

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    Shepie

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • I Remember the great storm very well. I was at school at the time and recall the school being forced to close and pupils sent home. i also recall walking home with my friends and noticing a tree had blown over on king street through a car Roof.

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    Gorlmouth

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • I worked for eastern electrcity had a rostered day off Thursday woke up in the early hours with a neighbours window breaking , walked into work amongst the devastation worked 120 hours the following week brother in law had a couple of trees through his bungalow in Oulton broad and on telly and it was the local lifeboat ball on the saturday with his father in law as commodore

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    Shepie

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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