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Do you remember the Great Storm of 1987? It hit 25 years ago this week, when Michael Fish told us not to worry, a hurricane was not on the way.

Of course, the following morning’s scenes proved him wrong.

As a 13-year-old, I was gutted that I slept through it. I awoke to find flattened fences and trees and got a day off school.

But TV pictures showed the true devastation. Piers wrecked, ferries grounded, buildings severely damaged.

On the radio this week, I played a clip of the local news programme Coast to Coast relaying the story at the time.

Luckily, the only thing from the clip that has happened again is that Fred Dinenage still reads our nightly news!