The Great Storm: 25 years ago
Dramatic and catastrophic
Anyone who lived in Brighton in October 1987 will remember what came to be known as ‘The Great Storm’. This Tuesday will mark the 25th anniversary of this dramatic and catastrophic event. The storm passed under the radar of weather forecasters, and gale force winds of over a hundred miles an hour, swept across the Atlantic hitting the south coast in the middle of the night. It is believed that the 1987 storm was the worst to affect southern England since 1703.
Devastation and loss of life
In 1987, the devastation was unequalled in living memory; buildings were destroyed, power lines brought down, roofs from houses were ripped off and cars were overturned as if they were Dinky toys. The Royal Pavilion, which was undergoing renovation at the time, was seriously damaged. One of the minarets crashed through the roof of the Music Room, sadly this had just been restored. There was loss of life and many injuries, but if the storm had hit in the daytime, then casualties would clearly have been greater.
Let us have your memories
We want to hear your stories about where you were, how it affected you; your memories of the day, and any photos you have of the damage where you lived.
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org – you can attach your photographs to the email.