Photos: Beccles pub forced to close its doors after heavy flooding

The dramatic picture, which shows how the pub is standing proud surrounded by water on all sides, wa

The dramatic picture, which shows how the pub is standing proud surrounded by water on all sides, was taken by East Anglian aerial photographer Mike Page. - Credit: Mike Page

As a landlord of a riverside pub Colin Smith is used to seeing flooded marshes closing in on all sides.

Before the floods. Picture: Mike Page

Before the floods. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

This year, however, the water near the Geldeston Locks Inn beside the River Waveney on the Norfolk/Suffolk border near Beccles is higher than an average year so Mr Smith has had no choice but to close the pub.

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He said: 'It would just be too dangerous to encourage anyone to drive along the track to the pub.

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'The water is more than 2ft deep along the track and I would hate anyone to get into difficulty trying to get here.'

The popular pub is open at weekends during the winter months but Mr Smith has kept the premises closed until the water subsides.

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'I am checking the water level regularly and I will update our website to let people know when the track is passable,' he said.

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The pub is surrounded by water but so far no water has entered the building.

'It is not unusual for the marshes, track and our garden to be flooded at this time of the year.

'Unfortunately we get high tides, strong northerly winds and saturated marshes which lead to the flooding.

'It is all a question of degrees and this year there is more flooding than normal,' said Mr Smith.

So far the flood water has not entered the pub but with more wet weather forecast Mr Smith is hoping for the best.

'If the flood water does come inside the building we will do what we always do and cope so we get back to normal as quickly as possible,' he said.

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