Title ID 8251Collection ID799
Title[Storm Damage: Coast to Coast]
DateJanuary 1990
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyInstitutionalNon-fictionNewsreel/News
KeywordsArmed Forces Building Construction Buildings Charities Children Schools Storms Weather
LocalSedlescombe Woodingdean Lewes
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionTelevision South
Commissioning bodyITV
NarratorPaul Beard
FormatColour Sound
Duration10min. 17sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The first part of an edition of Television South's (TVS) Coast to Coast regional news programme. The edition features a news item about storm damage to the Pestalozzi village at Sedlescombe reported by Paul Beard.


The news item begins with shots of children at the Pestalozzi village pushing a small trailer full of debris. The reporter explains how the children are helping to clear up the village after a storm caused damage to the buildings. Shot of one of the buildings with part of its roof damaged. Title: 'Paul Beard reporting"; the reporter states that children from Tibet, Zambia and Thailand were removed from lessons whilst repairs were carried out. Shots of a man up a ladder mending wood cladding on the side of a building; children gather around below. Shots of damaged flat roofs. Title: "Colin Wagstafff, Director, Pestalozzi Village"; Colin Wagstaff is interviewed by the reporter. He talks about the houses and office block that have been damaged, as well as the library and some of the classrooms. The reporter asks how the children have coped with what has happened. Colin Wagstaff replies that the children were mainly unaware of what was going on, alongside shots of children helping with the repair effort, further he says that they were excited by the disruption to the school day. Speaking directly to the camera, the reporter states that the damage amounts to over £50,000 and that it could not have come at a worse time as the village was hoping to expand and take another 30 children. Shots of Gurkhas (from Chatham) at the village helping with the repairs.

Shots of debris at Woodingdean school, poster: "No School Today (listen to local Radio for news)" which the reporters says has been closed because of storm damage. Title: "Richard Saunders, Headmaster"; talks about the impact of the storm on the pupils and how the school looked after them at the end of the day before they were picked up by their parents. Shots of Andrew Bowden MP inspecting damage at the school. The reporter states that he wants the government to pay more towards repairing storm damaged buildings than they did in 1987. An interview with Andrew Bowden follows, title: "Andrew Bowden MP, CON Brighton Kemptown"; he talks about compensation after the storms of 1987 and says he is asking government ministers to agreeing that central government will pay up to 90 percent of the cost of rebuilding. Shots of storm damage at Priory School in Lewes and a car crushed by debris. The reporter states that the teacher in the car had a lucky escape when he got out just moments before a concrete post fell on the car. The reporter signs off.