used to go and watch Felixstowe Town play football. I went up on
to the Town ground on that Saturday afternoon and the wind was blowing
so hard they couldn’t keep the football on the pitch and I was running
across the ground and picking the ball up for them and bringing
it back again.
"We went to bed that Saturday night and the wind was blowing
a gale. But we never thought anything about a flood.
"I was woken the next morning by our stud groom lorry driver,
who was living down at the Ferry Boat Inn at that time. He’d been
up all night helping to save people down at the Ferry and he came
up here in the morning. He walked along the high piece along Felixstowe
Ferry golf course and came to my bedroom window and knocked me up.
"So of course we immediately got up and looked out of the window
and saw what had happened. Couldn’t believe it. Everywhere all this
bottom land here all the marshes were all flooded with six feet
of salt water.
"I had got a hundred-odd sheep at what we call Home Hills Farm,
which we didn’t actually own at that time, but we hired some land
down there to put the sheep on. So my first thought, with my cousin
David was to get across to these sheep to see what had happened.
"We had got no boats or anything of course, so the lorry driver
went down to the beach, I’m afraid, with the lorry, and we pinched
a boat off the beach with some oars and brought it back here. A
small rowing boat and Teddy Newson, who worked for us as a tractor
driver, he was a good oarsman and we took this boat down to the
bottom, to the marshes and tried to row across to where these sheep
"Well it was so windy he couldn’t row against it and it was
taking him out into the marshes. So we clawed our way along the
barbed wire to get to this hill - Home Hills Hill it’s called. And
we got to this hill and got out of the boat and had a look to see
what had happened and of course I think we found 103 dead sheep
and I had got 13 left alive.
"Once we had had a look at this we went further along and there
was a man and his wife and daughter that lived in a farm called
Home Hills Farm, and he was the stockman there, looking after the
cattle. We went along and saw he was all right and there was another
house much further along which was a person by the name of Mr King
and his wife lived there.
"He was completely isolated and he was up in the upstairs bedroom
in deep water and there was no way - we weren’t good enough to row
over there - so we came back again.
"There was nothing else we could do and then two professional
boatmen, that was Teddy Newson’s father, Edward Newson and Jack
Newson from the Ferry - they then came with a boat....and they rowed
across and got the people from Home Hills and then rowed back again
and got the people from Kingsfleet, which was considerably further
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