North Norfolk: Video and photo gallery - Sheringham seafront damage

Waves crashing onto the promenade at Sheringham. Photo: Karen Bethell Waves crashing onto the promenade at Sheringham. Photo: Karen Bethell

Friday, December 6, 2013
2:45 PM

A small crowd gathered above Sheringham’s east promenade early this morning, to photograph gigantic waves crashing over the sea wall up towards Beach Road.

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Beach debris washed up onto Beach Road, Sheringham. Photo: Karen BethellBeach debris washed up onto Beach Road, Sheringham. Photo: Karen Bethell

A wall of water washed debris up from the beach, littering the area in front of the Mo museum with pebbles.

The whole of the promenade was cordoned off with police tape, but, determined to brave the storm, Funky Mackerel café owner Scott Holman opened up at 9am as usual despite the flooding.

The café, which can be reached by steps leading from the clifftop, sits above a smaller, separately-owned coffee bar which was wrecked by the storm. Waves had smashed the shutters, with water hurling everything left inside onto the prom.

“We came down last night and the waves were coming 10ft above the café,” Mr Holman said. “My first thought was the windows as there were stones hitting them but, thank God, we were alright.

“It was the strongest I have seen it in the five years we’ve been here,” he added. “The sea was throwing around our heavy double bins like bits of plastic and the café downstairs is just completely gone.

My only worry now is that there are a lot of large pieces of debris in the sea that are being thrown up by the waves.”

As council workers began the clear-up operation late this morning, a small contingent of regular customers settled down with hot drinks to enjoy the Funky Mackerel’s unrivaled sea views, sending messages and photographs of the spectacular waves to friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Kathy English, who is manager of the Submarine Cafe, in Beach Road, arrived around 9am this morning to assess the damage. “I knew we would probably be hit,” she said. “I took all the stock I could off the ground and I think that, so far, we seem to have got away quite lightly.”

Mrs English, who lives at Trimingham, swept inches of sea water from the floor of the cafe before getting to work with a mop.

“It is heartbreaking, but all I can do is to clean up, go home and come in again tomorrow to see what is waiting for me then,” she said.

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