The Canvey Launch of the new Flood Book

The 1953 Essex Flood Disaster by Pat Reynoldson-Smith

By Janet Penn

On Wednesday this week Canvey Community Archive and Canvey Library hosted the Canvey Launch of Pat Reynoldson-Smith’s new book The 1953 Essex Flood Disaster - The People's Story , written in the memory of her friend Peggy Morgan who lost her whole family in the floods.

What a great turnout considering the weather conditions earlier in the day. Pat gave a lovely talk about a very emotional subject and she was joined by members of the public who told of their own experiences.

It was so successful and we know many others wanted to come too so we are trying to sort out another larger venue for a repeat performance. Pat has agreed to give another talk. Time and place will be notified when we have got it all sorted.

Thanks Pat for making it so interesting.

Photo:Sue Hampson Chair of the CCA introducing Pat Smith to the audience

Sue Hampson Chair of the CCA introducing Pat Smith to the audience

Janet Penn

Photo:There were quite a lot of people there considering the weather that morning

There were quite a lot of people there considering the weather that morning

Janet Penn

Photo:Pat Reynoldson-Smith giving her talk

Pat Reynoldson-Smith giving her talk

Janet Penn

This page was added by Janet Penn on 06/12/2012.
Comments about this page

Thanks Janet for the excellent pictures and kind words. I really enjoyed the afternoon, especially meeting again Derek and Val and for the first time. Mike Brown and other flood survivors, and it was wonderful to hear people chatting together about their childhoods on Canvey. Well done the CCA.

By Pat Smith
On 06/12/2012

Thank you Pat and CCA for a fascinating afternoon at Canvey Library. Do you know what after 62 years its only just dawned on me that I am A Flood surviver. Being only just over two at the time it's really never occurred to me that I was one of the lucky ones on that fateful night. My family never spoke of what happened and its certainly too late now to ask family members. Pats book and all the different posts on CCA it certainly brings it all home .

By Barbara Roycroft
On 06/12/2012

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