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Vintage lorry more than 60 years old makes it through flood waters to reach isolated Geldeston pub

09:05 13 February 2014

The 1952 Morris Commercial lorry making its way along a flooded track to the Locks Inn at Geldeston.

The 1952 Morris Commercial lorry making its way along a flooded track to the Locks Inn at Geldeston.

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Modern vehicles have been unable to reach an isolated riverside pub for the past few days, but a vintage lorry more than 60-years-old made its way through a flooded track to deliver urgently needed fuel.

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In yesterday’s EDP, an aerial photograph showed the flood waters all around the Locks Inn at Geldeston, near Beccles.

Landlord Colin Smith has closed the pub because he did not want customers attempting to make their way along a flooded track as it was too dangerous.

However, oil was badly needed to keep the generators operating at the pub, close to the River Waveney, and Mr Smith contacted Mark Berry, of Beccles-based Berry Oils Ltd, to see if he could make a delivery when the water levels dropped.

Because of the urgency of the situation Mr Berry had an idea that his 1952 Morris Commercial lorry which he normally takes to shows and rallies was just what was needed.

“This is a former military vehicle with much higher axles than modern lorries and we were able to get through what was very deep water. As a local company I am pleased that we have been able to make a delivery to Colin at the Locks Inn so that he can keep his generators running,” said Mr Berry.

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