Lynmouth Flood anniversary

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A SERVICE of remembrance and the opening of an exhibition marking the 65th anniversary of the Lynmouth Flood will be held on Tuesday, August 15.

The flood of 1952 caused death and devastation in the village and surrounding areas and this will be remembered at the service on the Manor Green.

Among those attending will be the Bishop of Crediton, the Archdeacon of Barnstaple and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon as well as clergy past and present.

After the service is the official opening of a new exhibition in St John the Baptist Church by the Lord Lieutenant, and there will be a celebratory cream tea.

The exhibition gives information on the history of the area and the background to the flood of 1952. It is hoped that it will be used by schools as part of their geography and history syllabus and will be another point of interest to the visitors.

The church will also be holding its annual flower festival, which takes place every year around the time of the flood, from Sunday to Saturday August 13 to 20, and the church will be open daily from 10am.

The renovation of the church and the exhibition have been made possible by the generosity of the people of the Lyn Valley, visitors and local societies including Lyn Arts and Craft, Lyn Valley Community Bookshop and the Parish Hall.

Support from the Devon Churches Trust, the National Churches Trust and the Heritage Lottery enabled the PCC to realise its project, which included roof repairs, bell repairs, new carpets and new servery.

Further information is available from St John the Baptist PCC secretary Sharon Hobbs on 01598 753354, or email Sharon@