“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
King Canute’s full English is on offer at one pub by Wells Quay as the tide rises in the harbour.
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.”
The Environment Agency deployed the barrier to protect Freeman Street, as quayside businesses battened down with flood boards, sandbags and tarpaulins.
But as the EA, police, firefighters and flood wardens stood by, high water passed with just a trickle spilling onto the quay.
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.
“It’s this combination of two powerful weather fronts battling for supremacy. If the northerly one wins, we’re going to have problems.”