Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Share your memories of the Great Storm of 1987

11:00 08 September 2012

October 1987 saw the worst storm in memory hit the region. Where were you?

October 1987 saw the worst storm in memory hit the region. Where were you?

WHERE were you when the huge storm of 1987 hit the county?


Next month is the 25th anniversary of the drama, which battered the town and surrounding areas, and flattened woodlands across the region.

We want to hear your stories about where you were, how it affected you and your memories of the day, and any photos you have of the damage in your area.

The Great Storm, as it later became known, occurred overnight on October 15 and 16 and developed from a depression over the Bay of Biscay.

The south of the country was hit the hardest and a massive clear up operation was launched in the days that followed.

Nationally, 18 people died and the clear-up cost topped £1billion

Around 15 million trees were lost and hundreds of thousands of homes were without power for more than 24 hours.

According to the Met Office the last storm of similar magnitude in England occurred in 1703.

Send us your stories and photos via



  • October 16th, 1987 was our 16th wedding anniversary.

    Report this comment


    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • Like JCS, I was seven years old at the time as well. I can remember waking up and the window was rattling very loudly in its frame and I had to get up and close it. Waking up the next morning there was just chaos everywhere. My dad had a caravan on some private land near Woodbridge at the time and we went down there to see what the damage was. Some tree's had fallen down in the storm and the awning that had been clipped to the side of his caravan had been blown several metres away in to some bushes.

    Report this comment

    Andrew Berry

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • I was 7-years-old at the time. I remember being really impressed by being able to lean into the wind at an angle of 45°. So cool! The other thing I recall is our village was completely cut off by fallen trees, as well as having a prolonged power cut. Only one house in the village had gas, so we all went there to heat up our meals. The whole thing was pretty exciting for a kid. Just can't believe it was nearly 25 years ago!

    Report this comment


    Sunday, September 9, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Talented golfer William Turner, 18,  from Shoeburyness

A teenager who has been sentenced for causing the death of his best-friend will live with his actions “forever”.

Burst water main at Southway, Colchester, October 5. Picture: Jeremy Warren

A burst water main is causing gridlock in central Colchester.

The crash happened on the A14 westbound between Stowmarket and Woolpit.

Motorists have escaped injury during two crashes on the A14 today.

Needham Market train station. All train have been cancelled on the Cambridge to Ipswich line after an incident.

Blocked lines at Needham Market, closed after a body was found on the tracks close to the railway station, have been re-opened.

The scene of a fire at Exning Primary School. Headteacher, James Clark.

Two teenage girls have been charged with arson following a fire at Exning Primary School in September.

Staff at Sainsbury's in Bury take part in a flashmob charity Zumbathon

A Zumba flashmob caught customers at Sainsbury’s in Bury St Edmunds by surprise yesterday.

Heart FM DJ Dave Taylor during the charity busking session on the Cornhill in Ipswich where he was accompanied by his producer Nick mellamphy and students from Ipswich High School for Girls.

Heart FM breakfast DJ Dave Taylor took on a charity challenge with a difference this afternoon – learning to busk classic songs with the help of high school students.

Crown Pools in Ipswich, where a man reportedly exposed himself on Saturday.

A man has reportedly twice exposed himself to girls in the changing rooms of an Ipswich swimming pool.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Trains running between Essex and Suffolk and the capital face delays, alterations and cancellations due to a defective piece of track at Harold Wood.

Bury town centre taxi rank

A hike in Hackney Carriage fares in St Edmundsbury has been agreed, as well as consultation to go ahead on a dress code for drivers.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages