tsunami talk attracts record turnout in Highbridge
historian Professor Simon Haslett from the University of Wales
explained how a 1607 tsunami killed
scores of people across the Burnham-On-Sea area during a well-attended
talk in Highbridge on Wednesday (October 12th).
A record turnout of 100 people attended North Sedgemoor Local
History Group's meeting in Highbridge's King Alfred School.
Simon's lecture was based around the research he carried out
for his BBC2 Timewatch television series.
1607 Flood in the Bristol Channel is recorded as being the worst-ever
in the British Isles, with some researchers saying it was caused
by a tsunami following an earthquake.
John Strickland, chair of the North Sedgemoor Local History
Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Simon gave a fascinating,
thought-provoking talk and explained in detail some of the local
evidence around the 1607 flood. We were delighted to have a record
turnout for his visit - and hope to follow this up with further
talks about some of the local points raised."
Pictured: John Strickland, chair of the North Sedgemoor Local
History Group, with Simon Haslett at Wednesday's talk