The Great Storm of 1987

#1
I'm writing on behalf of the BBC Kent website and we're looking for people that were working for the Army during the time of the Great Storm and helped out in the recovery effort in Kent.

I believe that the 36 Engineer Regiment played a big role and I wanted to see if there's anyone out there who has a good story to tell who worked at the time?

Also, any pictures that you have would be much appreciated?

A long shot but if anyone knowns anyone that might be interested in having a chat please get in touch!

Thanks very much!

Kat
 
#2
I was at Old Park Barracks in Dover then, and we did a lot of cutting up of fallen trees, and helped out on the western heights where the caravans had been trashed. The barracks itself was quite badly hit, and there was a lot of cleaning up to do!
 
#3
Unfortunately dont have any pics, but more info for you. I was in training regiment with 55 Sqn at Gibraltar Barracks, Farnborough at the time of the storm. We were called off our final exercise to go help out with the clear up effort around the area, was a while ago so the memories are a wee bit sketchy, all i remember is a lot of chainsaws, machettes, fallen trees and woodchips.

Maybe someone else with a better memory can help out
 
#4
Congratulations are in order for you reaching the shortlist for Student Online Journalist of the Year. Shame you lost out to Jack from Cumbria, better luck next year.

As for the story in hand, I can't help as I was in Germany at the time, but recall it being a bit windy.
 

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#13
Kat

Check your PM

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#14
Makes me a real old git on here then

Was at RSME doing my sparky course as we had just finished our overhead lines part.
3 courses worked with SEEB (South East Electricity Board) putting up overhead lines for a couple of weeks.
2 courses did actual work putting up OHL with WRAC drivers from Chattendean providing the transport
The 3rd course acted as a comms centre I believe in Brompton Brks

Lots of drinkys and a thankyou held at the end in SEEB's bar
 
#15
Wish I could be of service also, unfortunately when you had your Great Storm of 87, I was in the Falkland Islands, similar in many ways to the Great Storm due to the constant wind down there but a tad different due to the lack of trees to be blown down 8O ...
 
#16
The Great Storm?

FFS! :x

If you mean the one that blew over a couple of trees and wiped out a few sections of the power grid then I think I remember the one you're on about. Granted, there may even have been one or two people who died but please! The GREAT Storm?

I am also available for childrens parties and christenings. 8)
 
#18
Thanks for the responses so far... most have been really useful.... as for being interviewed by Kaddy, I'm afraid not but she does feature on the website.

Any more great stormers out there with good stories to tell?
 
#19
greatstormsearch said:
Thanks for the responses so far... most have been really useful.... as for being interviewed by Kaddy, I'm afraid not but she does feature on the website.

Any more great stormers out there with good stories to tell?
I think you are going to find more stories of "At the time of 'The Great Storm of 87' I was bla bla bla........."
 
#20
Was at Pirbright then, remember walking into Brookwood village the next morning to find trees down everywhere and what looked like matchwood all over the roads. Trees were down accoss the canal for miles. Recruits were taken off training to help clear up.
 
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