Storm Ciara traumatised our East Coast shores over the weekend of 8/9 February 2020.  A tidal surge created chaos, lifting more than 100 beach huts from their standings and many were swept up by the high tides only to be deposited throughout the children’s playground and as far as Promenade Way. The seafront was devastated. Flood water surged into the lido causing substantial damage to the newly equipped plant room, just 10 days after the main pool pump had been replaced. The Lido cafe sustained extensive damage throughout.

Within weeks, fundraising events were planned, donations were offered and volunteers came forward to help clear the debris caused by the storm in the hope that the seafront and town would be back to some sort of order by the Easter holidays.  Little did anyone guess that yet another much more worrying challenge was just around the corner. A challenge for the town, the UK and the world!