Seeking donations to commemorate the Louth Flood

by Richard Grimes in Louth, England, United Kingdom

Seeking donations to commemorate the Louth Flood
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by Richard Grimes in Louth, England, United Kingdom

On 29 May 1920 a wave of water over 14 feet high swept through Louth, Lincolnshire, killing 23 people (including 6 children), making over 800 people homeless and causing widespread devastation. There is a monument to those who lost their lives in Louth cemetery (some distance from the town) but no commemorative plaque in places where the flood came through. The Louth Museum  is trying to raise sufficient funds to pay for 2 plaques, one in Spout Yard, the scene of some of the deaths and one at Hubbards Hills, a local beauty spot where the flood built up its devastating power. The plaques will be dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives and otherwise suffered and will act as a timely reminder of the force of nature and human resilience.The Museum, Spout Yard Trust, the Town Council and St. James' Church will all mark the centenary of the flood with special exhibitions. The plaques will be a permanent feature. The cost of making and erecting the plaques and planting trees alongside is estimated at £1,500. In the event of their being any surplus funds these will go to the Museum to further its important work preserving history for future generations. The Museum relies entirely on volunteer labour, donations and sales from its bookshop.

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