Horses keep dry at riding school as high tide passes in Lowestoft

The team at Pakefield Riding School on standby in the tack room. Picture: Alfie Dulieu.

The team at Pakefield Riding School on standby in the tack room. Picture: Alfie Dulieu. - Credit: Archant

Staff and volunteers at Pakefield Riding School are heading home as high tide passes in Lowestoft.

Pakefield Riding School.

Pakefield Riding School. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2016

Owner Tess Hardy, along with her husband John, staff members and friends have been huddled up at the school in Carlton Road all evening, ready to take action if flooding occurred after high tide at around 9.30pm.

Both the Environment Agency and Suffolk Police advised the team to evacuate earlier in the day, but with 30 horses at the school Mrs Hardy, 84, said they didn't have anywhere to go.

The team spent the evening in the tack room, gathered around the wood burner.

Speaking earlier tonight, Mrs Hardy said: 'We have moved the horses twice before but that place is now closed and we haven't got anywhere else to take them.

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'But we are all here for them and fingers crossed it will be fine.'

The team had planned to lead the horses to higher ground if the area started to flood, but fortunately the water didn't make it past the flood defences.

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Severe flooding was forecast at Lowestoft seafront and the docks at around 9.30pm, along with Oulton Broad and Mutford Lock and the north bank of Lake Lothing.

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