Recently the Archive received a request to interview Islanders who had memories of the Great Flood. We passed the information to our Archive associate Rod Bishop, who organised a meeting yesterday at the Town Council office for a handful of Islanders to share their first hand memories with Peter Walker. He is a journalist for BBC East Online and is gathering material for a blog about the 1953 Flood. Rod, Ray Howard MBE, Graham Stevens and Joan Liddiard spent over 2 and a half hours sharing their memories and responding to Peter’s questions. I was present as an observer on behalf of the Archive. I always find it interesting listening to peoples’ stories relating to Canvey.
This meeting was actually the second of its kind. Before Christmas Patrick Bernard from BBC Radio 4 interviewed a slightly different group of people for a half hour documentary he’s making about the Flood. We’re waiting to hear when it’ll be broadcast. Watch this space!
The Archive’s also been approached by a London based journalist working for a German national newspaper on the same subject of the the flood.