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“Come and help us stop the tide”: Wells Quay pub offers full English breakfast deal as tide rises in harbour

PUBLISHED: 10:47 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:59 13 January 2017

The Albatros riding high on her moorings at Wells Quay during this morning's flood alert. Picture: Chris Bishop

The Albatros riding high on her moorings at Wells Quay during this morning's flood alert. Picture: Chris Bishop

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King Canute’s full English is on offer at one pub by Wells Quay as the tide rises in the harbour.

The tide covered part of Wells Quay near the harbour office. Picture: Chris BishopThe tide covered part of Wells Quay near the harbour office. Picture: Chris Bishop

Last night flooding appeared to be kept at bay by the fry-up, as the water failed to breach the town’s defences.

A sign outside the pub reads: “Come and help us STOP the TIDE. All day breakfast £10 with tea and coffee.”

MORE: 100 soldiers and an additional 50 police officers deployed to Great Yarmouth to assist with flood evacuations.

The Environment Agency deployed the barrier to protect Freeman Street, as quayside businesses battened down with flood boards, sandbags and tarpaulins.

King Canute';s breakfast was on offer at The Fleece, beside Wells Quay, during this morning's flood alert. Picture: Chris BishopKing Canute';s breakfast was on offer at The Fleece, beside Wells Quay, during this morning's flood alert. Picture: Chris Bishop

But as the EA, police, firefighters and flood wardens stood by, high water passed with just a trickle spilling onto the quay.

MORE: 5,000 properties could be evacuated as flood warnings put in place at 35 Norfolk locations

There are fears the tide could be higher tonight, if forecast gales push the sea down the harbour channel.

Wells flood wardens are meeting this afternoon to finalise plans. Co-ordinator Mike Strong said: “This evening’s tide is going to be 4.2m-ish, tht’s before any wind action. The wind is the worry, it could push quite a lot of water above that level.

The flood barrier deployed to protect Freeman Street, in Wells. Picture: Chris BishopThe flood barrier deployed to protect Freeman Street, in Wells. Picture: Chris Bishop

“It’s this combination of two powerful weather fronts battling for supremacy. If the northerly one wins, we’re going to have problems.”

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