1987 storm: Orchard in New Costessey left owners ‘devastated’

The October 1987 storms, through the photos and words of our readers.

Jenny Edwards, New Costessey

We live at The Drive, New Costessey. The back gardens here were part of an old orchard, hence the great number of apple trees there when we first moved in, in October 1968.

As you can see from the photos most of the trees were uprooted in October 1987 and we lost a lot of apples! I remember first thing in the morning my husband (Oscar) said to me 'come and look out of the back window, but do not cry'. I was devastated by the scene.

That morning there were no buses, and a huge tree in the front garden had been blown down over the driveway and we could not get the car out, so I walked from Costessey to Riverside Road to work, holding on to lampposts on the way to stop being blown over.

I worked as a secretary for the architect for churches etc at Feilden & Mawson and on that day the phone never stopped ringing regarding the damage to church roofs.