That's when I had to push the cars out of the way. The stables were badly damaged so that there would have been no chance of the pony surviving, and several houses nearby were swept away. I did it, I got away with it, and then it was over. 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Debris-laden floodwaters cascaded down the northern escarpment of the moor, converging upon the village of Lynmouth; in particular, in the upper West Lyn valley, fallen trees and other debris formed a dam, which in due cou… By then the water was well up to the tops of the banks, but it still wasn’t really flooding the village. "But I got to the stables all right and it was slightly drier in there. "Honestly, my brother Tony had a much more horrible time of it than me," she said as we walked up towards her old home at what was the Orchard House Hotel. Very old. But somehow the community pulled together. We were looking across at some cottages where the people refused to be evacuated. I haven't got a thing. We took Lynbelle to the churchyard where it was dry and turned her loose. Other buildings in the vicinity were not so lucky. The rear was facing the river collapsed, but the rest of the structure stood firm though it was later demolished. Martin Hesp looks back on the appalling Lynmouth flood, Never miss a big story in Plymouth again with our daily newsletters. “We were high enough to be out of danger there, but there wasn’t much room so we hired an old stable off Mr Bevan at the Lyndale Hotel for my pony. There were lots of people there, firemen and police. I haven’t got a thing. In the Anglo-Saxon tongue, the name Lynmouth would have meant ‘town on the torrent’. I cannot stroll down the port's quaint and cosy little main street without thinking of how poor Elsie Cherry, an apparently cheerful London holidaymaker, was hurled down this very thoroughfare just beyond the grasp of her friends, and swept out to sea. And more than one person observed that the clouds above North Devon and West Somerset were moving in completely opposite directions. This was possible thanks to her old school colleague, Dulcie Purchase, 64, from Newton Abbott, who contacted us with details of Jennifer's married name, Lidsey. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. They refused to leave. Babies, children, teenagers, back-packers, husbands and wives and the elderly were all lost in the maelstrom of once innocent streams as massive walls of water swept down Exmoor's steep sided valleys. Babies, children, teenagers, back-packers, husbands and wives and the elderly were all lost in the maelstrom of once innocent streams as massive walls of water swept down Exmoor’s steep sided valleys. As it was summer time the hotel was full of guests, and everyone was rushing around.". Mr Pedder was referring to the anniversary service being held at Lynmouth today which will be followed by an official opening at the village’s St John the Baptist Church of a new exhibition which gives information on the history of the area and background to the Flood Disaster. It was hard to imagine the mayhem of the scene, standing there by Jennifer's side by the West Lyn River looking at the spot where the Lyndale once stood along with its stables. Goodness, wasn’t she mad at me! Not a single hand-me-down. "We were high enough to be out of danger there, but there wasn't much room so we hired an old stable off Mr Bevan at the Lyndale Hotel for my pony. Not a trace of them remains today, but 65 years ago four homes stood here. Eleven of the dead were on holiday, four of these being children. That puts this single precipitation into the record books – such a fall has only ever been equalled twice in the British Isles. It was there for more than half a century - a rusting but poignant reminder of that terrible night. It is difficult in the summer sunshine today, to stand in this place remembering his words. For the first time in the afternoon, Jennifer faltered and I noticed a tear welling in her eye. She was a little overwhelmed by all the media fuss and at the same time, humbled by the thought that 34 people lost their lives. And the other thing I remember was how warm it was. Here's a list of everyone who lost their lives that fateful Friday night: The following four people remained missing - believed drowned: When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. But what Mr Richards implored was this: “Get us help, the houses are going!”. It was dusky by then, though, and I was in a real hurry so I didn't bother with a halter or bridle. Within seconds the rear door gave way and Mr Rudall knew that it was time to leave. A tree smashed through the front door of the Rudall family home. And I must say, Lynbelle was wonderful. By the time I got there the water was really coming up. 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