East End kids beat floods for seaside fun at Littlehampton’s Harbour Park

Thousands of underprivileged children almost missed their fun day out at the seaside—after flooding hit the south coast.

The youngsters from all over London including many from the deprived East End were being treated by the Variety children’s charity to a day at Littlehampton’s Harbour Park.

There were fears the trip would have to be cancelled because of storms hitting the Sussex resort only days before, flooding the seafront.

But organisers breathed a sigh of relief when the rains gave way to Saturday’s bright sunshine.

Coaches still had to negotiate ramps placed over pipes being used to pump out floodwater to get to the seafront and the beach.

Littlehampton’s Mayor Emma Neno came out with the sun to greet the families, including one group from Poplar—Hannan Mohamed and her mum Muna from Holmsdale House in Poplar High Street, 12-year-old Swanley Secondary pupil Abdil Mohammad with his mum Fatima, and little five-year-old Aamna Ahmed. [pictures: Stephen Walby]