By Poppy Chesterman, aged 10 years old
Wells next to the sea is a gorgeous place to visit as it is on the beautiful Norfolk coast. One of the things I enjoy about Wells is being in the fresh air. It’s a great place to spend with family and friends and has the best fish and chips ever. The stunning beach is just a stroll away, decorated with flying kites and the wonderful waves.
Last year something affected Wells as well as a lot of other coastal towns; storms. The waves were higher than the cottages and water flooded the harbour office. All the houses along the harbour front were reached by the waves which were incredible to watch, and some are still being fixed.
Looking through the windows it is really amazing to see how much work is being done to repair the houses. This must have been really challenging work for the owners, however satisfying to make it all better. Wells has a very strong northerly wind and the boats are challenged to get in or out of the harbour. This is one of the reasons why it is so popular for sailors like my dad who like to be challenged when sailing.
As well as the houses, many boats were moved along the coast by the storm. My Dad had to walk three whole miles just to find his dingy. He loves walking in Norfolk, and bought some waders which he has used lots since this day.
Now the remarkable Wells community has got together and nearly fixed all of this. They have nearly finished it and they have done a great job. Last week my dad, my two friends and I went to Wells to stay the night on our yacht which is moored in the harbour. We played in the park, went mud sliding and visited the cute little gem shop, with the most outstandingly big crystals and gems. In Wells, it was Pirate weekend and everyone was wearing full pirate costumes, with black eyepatches and detailed hooks and parrots. We decided to buy a small black eyepatch for my dog Toby! We loved having delicious fish and chips while swinging on the swings and spinning on the roundabout. While we were, there was a triathlon competition also happening and luckily we got to see them complete the swimming and begin the cycling. We stayed ashore the boat while they were swimming and it was the busiest I have ever seen Wells.
As it became dark we needed to row out to the yacht ready to sleep. Toby became really jittery in the dark as we rowed out and this meant that I could hold him really tightly, as I love cuddling Toby. Once we were back on the boat we had hot chocolate and played card games.
In the morning I woke up and found out that the boat was tipping and was nearly vertical. I kept slipping of the bed and I tried getting back to sleep. Instead of rowing back to shore in the dinghy we were just able to walk back because the tide was out. Toby loved the boat and whenever he went on he had to go in his cage because he was too excited!
Hopefully when we return next year the town will be completely finished and Wells will be back to normal and with a bit of luck the community will work really hard together to protect people’s homes in the future.
What I think the people of Wells should do is knock down the bank that is currently protecting the town so that it floods the fields where it can drain away into the soil.
What weekend adventure have you been on recently?