Saturday, 10 November 2012

US service personnel parade through Hunstanton in memory of Reis Leming, hero of the 1953 floods

Past the empty arcades and the seafront cafes with steamed-up windows, they marched through the drizzle along the Prom.
Members of the 67th Special Operations Squadron, led by the City of Norwich Pipe Band, made a stirring sight as they filed up from the seafront towards the waiting crowd.
The Mildenhall-based 67th paraded through Hunstanton today as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.
For shortly after the formation of its forerunner, an air sea rescue squadron based at RAF Sculthorpe, the Norfolk coastline was swamped by the 1953 floods.
Young airman Reis Leming - a 22-year-old from the 67th who couldn’t swim - became a hero after he waded into the water towing a rubber dinghy and rescued 27 people from the waves. Thirty one others died along Hunstanton’s South Beach Road when the sea broke through.
Mr Leming was due to attend Saturday’s ceremony, when a pathway through the Esplanade Gardens high on the cliff tops was named after him.
Sadly, Mr Leming passed away at his home in America, aged 81, just days before he was due to return to Norfolk.
Addressing the parade, Hunstanton Mayor Elaine Clutton said: “We’re gathered here today to remember the 31 victims of the 1953 floods and to remember Reis Leming, who should have been here today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his squadron, the 67th Air Rescue Squadron, but sadly he passed away earlier this week.”
John Maiden, from Hunstanton Civic Society, read out the names of the Norfolk people who lost their lives in 1953 - some of whom were his classmates at primary school.
Lieut Col Shelley Rodrigiuez, commanding officer of the 67th, read out the names of the Americans who lost their lives that same night.
A wreath to Mr Leming and the victims off the floods was named next to the memorial bearing their names, by the 67th’s oldest surviving veteran, Col (Rtd) Bill Goodwin and its newest recruit, airman Eric Wellman.
Then Lieut Col Rodriguez and Mr Maiden unveiled the new sign marking Reis Leming Way. Mr Leming never knew that the little seaside town where he is still hailed a hero had that honour planned for him, as it was intended as a surprise.
As the parade was dismissed, Mrs Clutton said it had been very moving.
“Considering the awful weather it was nice to see so many local people turn up,” she said.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Man found on pavement with serious head injuries has died

A MAN who was found in Hunstanton with serious head injuries early this morning (Friday, September 21) has died in hospital, police have now confirmed.
The man, who is believed to be a 41-year-old from the area, was found unconscious on a pavement in Waveney Road, close to the junction with Melton Drive, at around 3.45am today.
He was taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he later died.
Police say his death is currently being treated as unexplained and a post mortem will be carried out.
Investigations are continuing to establish how the man was injured and a 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Wizzy – the Wash Monster’s new running mate at Hunstanton

Now the Norfolk seaside resort’s famous Wash Monster has a running mate – aka Wizzy the Whale.
Skipper William Searle, who converted a former US army troop transporter from the Vietnam War into a pleasure craft 12 years ago, has bought only the second working vessel of its kind in the country.
The 60ft amphibious LARC (Lighter Aluminium Resupply Craft), with its huge wheels and two 300HP V8 diesel engines, is ideal for navigating the shallow waters of The Wash, as well as the estuaries of south-east Asia.
“They reckon these cost the American military $1m each to build,” said Mr Searle, admiring the vessel’s spartan but rust-free lines.
“She’s a resupply cargo vessel which could carry 200 troops or you could drive a lorry right up the ramp on to them.
“There aren’t many of them left because when they finished with them out there in Vietnam, they just sunk a lot of them rather than bring them back.”
Mr Searle bought the former landing craft for an undiscloseed sum from a fellow enthusiast up in Grimsby, from where it was carried by low-loader complete with police escort to Hunstanton on Thursday.
Over the weekend Mr Searle’s staff began work on converting the 21-tonne craft, which will be christened Wizzy – an acronym for Willie and Lizzy, aka Mrs Searle.
“She’ll be able to carry 12 passengers plus she’ll be available if the offshore industry needs a landing craft or ferry,” he said. “We’re investing in the future.
“The Wash Monster’s so popular we had to make a decision whether to go for another amphibious craft.”
Mr Searle said spare parts were a problem – especially tyres for the LARC’s huge wheels, which cost upwards of £1,000 a time.
On land, Wizzy will be able to manage 15mph, while at sea her twin diesels will push her along at around half that, depending on the tide.
As well as holidaymakers, the Wash Monster has also become a draw for military vehicle enthusiasts from across the country, because it is believed to be the only operational LARC in the UK, the nearest being a vessel which works on a salmon farm in Ireland.
First built in the 1950s, LARCs were said to be the only vehicle in the US army which could perform a beach landing through surf.
They saw active service in the Vietnam war, where more than 600 of the 968 craft produced were scuttled after the Americans departed.
The US army’s last amphibious transport company was disbanded in 2001.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Olympic Torch

Today the Olympic Torch came to West Norfolk although it didn't come to Hunstanton it came to Sandringham, me and Bob went to see it and had a really good view.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Hunstanton Pier by Deaf Havana

Just came across a Tweet for this song, never heard of it before

It was 2004 if I'm not mistake, when the poison hit my lips
And I haven't looked back since
I had friends back then and a PMA to match, we were young
And out of touch with the things we'd grow up to hate to much, in time

Back when my hair was long and Phil was still alive
We spent our days trying to speak, to the girls that left us weak
But now I'm ageing badly and my friends' been laid to rest
And the ones who let us in are pushing prams or raising twins

To tell you the truth I'd be lying if I said I didn't hate the city
I need the pier and the fresh sea air of the town that made me

In my heart and in my soul are all the people that I've known
And the places I called home
But in my mind they're all just things I left behind
Reminders of changing times, and these ageing bones of mine

Lee and me were schooled in a tourist town
With less culture than Jeremy Kyle
But it stole our hearts for a while
And most weekends I found nothing but regret
Between many a drink girls' legs
And in many a strangers' bed

To tell you the truth I'd be lying if I said I didn't hate the city
I need the pier and the fresh sea air of the town that made me

In my heart and in my soul are all the people that I've known
And the places I called home
But in my mind they're all just things I left behind
Reminders of changing times, and these ageing bones of mine

The one's who haven't died or started families
Are all just working on building sites or battling with university fees
And a girl I used to know made me a promise once
I wonder if she kept it, or if she even remembers it...

In my heart and in my soul are all the people that I've known
And the places I called home
But in my mind they're all just things I left behind
Reminders of changing times, and these ageing bones of mine

Monday, 12 March 2012

Hunstanton Town Read

ONCE upon a time libraries consisted of rows of books on dusty shelves, where silence was the order of the day.
But now they are an integral part of the community with visitors who are just as likely to be hiring a DVD or CD, or surfing the Internet, as they are to be looking for a book.
And sharing the belief nothing compares with a good read, more than 40 people have joined Hunstanton library’s Town Read project to read and share Diane Setterfield’s novel The Thirteenth Tale.
The book is a mystery inspired by the books Diane enjoyed in her youth, in which she describes how a reclusive author, Vida Winter, famous for having written twelve enchanting stories, actually spent six decades writing a series of alternative lives for herself.
Now old and frail, Vida is ready to tell the truth about her extraordinary existence and the tragic past she has kept secret for so long.
She reveals to Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful past, the story of her life, which she had intended to keep hidden forever.
Town Mayor Carol Bower was one of those collecting a copy of the novel from the library on Saturday morning.
She said: “I was here last summer for the reading challenge for children, in which they choose at least six books to read over the school holidays to complete the challenge and gain a certificate and medal.
“It’s different to the Town Read for adults, because the children select the titles themselves.”
The Town Read runs until the end of February and more residents can join in by obtaining a copy of the book from the library or calling 01485 532280.
Participants can discuss and share their opinions about the book at coffee mornings, which will be held at the library on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, March 3.