Princess Royal to attend 1953 flood service in Chelmsford

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Houses flooded in Jaywick in 1953
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Thirty seven people were killed in Jaywick

The Princess Royal is to attend a service at Chelmsford Cathedral to mark the 60th anniversary of floods which killed 95 people in Essex.

Residents of Canvey Island and Jaywick died as a result of the North Sea flooding on 31 January 1953.

The Reverend Canon Simon Pothen said it was important to mark the event before it "fades into obscurity".

"It probably represents the final time that people will be in living memory of it," he said.

Mr Pothen said the service on 31 January would be invitation only but said he hoped it would be relayed for "people outside who wish to join in".

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