As kids we had such lovely times on Shell beach circ 1945-onwards. Our house in Brighton had burnt down due to bad wiring so we were dispatched to Grandparents who lived in ‘Island Nest’ Waarden Road whilst repairs were undertaken. We would fight to see who would carry the accumulators down to the electric shop for a recharge. I know we all went to the loo in a tin shed at the bottom of the garden. Water came from a water butt. The road was unmade and a small stream ran across it. A wooden ‘bridge’ would be used for access.
In the original earlier radio broadcast on the flooding of Canvey, I feel sure its my uncle, Cliff Jarrold who is told ‘put some trousers on’ by a rescuer
The house ‘Island Nest’ is my Grandparents ‘as they bought it’ but they then upgraded by filling in the verandah. Grandpa Jarrold grew tobacco, and milk came from next doors goat.