Life went on as usual after the storm of 1987


Everyone over the age of 35 probably has clear memories of a certain night in 1987 when it got a little bit windy.

The Great Storm was followed by the Great Tidy Up while everyone tried to carry on as usual.



These three pictures were published in the Mid Sussex Times on October 23 1987 and show a team of rugby players, a school harvest festival and a headteacher’s farewell.

The headteacher in question was Jennifer Fernee and she was leaving London Meed School, in Burgess Hill, after 23 years’ service.

Speaking as guest of honour at a coffee morning, she said: “I am very delighted that so many people came, especially after the terrific storms.”

Over at Lindfield Infant School, the children were celebrating their Harvest Festival.



Surrounded by residents and school governors, they proudly showing off their harvest wares and planted two apple trees in the grounds. The service was led by the Rev Norman Smith, of Lindfield United Reformed Church.

The children pictured are, from left, Kate Duncalfe, Matthew Finch and Alice Mackrell.

With the storm having made short work of many goalposts, there wasn’t much sport on but that didn’t stop the lads of Oathill Community College winning a mini rugby tournament.

The Steyning Sevens event saw James Ramsden, Jon Mitchell, Jason Cox, Russell Victory, Tim Dearden, David Calver, Darren Morgan, Paul Hicks, Simon Boyling and Oliver Cooper beat Slindon College in the final.

With a score of 32 points to 4, you could say they stormed to victory...or not.

There was double the reason to celebrate after Tim Dearden and Jon Mitchell were selected to play for the county squad.

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