WICKFORD FLOOD - NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS (13)

Scouts canoeing on Southend Road

Recently I was able to copy a friend’s newspaper cuttings from the time of the Wickford floods. I think these cuttings should be shared with others.

SEPTEMBER 1958

A newspaper reported that: –

“BOLLARD MISSING.

A ‘Keep Left’ bollard in The Broadway, Wickford, is missing; it was knocked down by Scouter Don Weyman in a canoe. On a reconnaissance he went to turn into Southend Road, but the current caught his craft and it knocked down the bollard. The craft was also a write-off”.

A personal comment on this article: –

I have linked this ‘bollard’ report with the photograph below as it seems very likely they are related. Looking closely at the photograph the person at the back of the canoe appears to be in scout uniform. I would therefore presume that this is a photograph of Don Weyman. If you are out there Don, why not add your side of the story? Why were you canoeing in the flood water? Which troop did you belong to? Was your canoe really a write off?

Wickford was the worst-hit town, and this was the scene in the Southend Road on Saturday morning. The River Crouch had burst its banks and inundated most of the shopping area.

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