THE Great Storm of 1987 was a violent extratropical cyclone that occurred on the night of October 15-16, with hurricane-force winds causing casualties in England, France and the Channel Islands as a severe depression in the Bay of Biscay moved north-east.

I was a 12-year-old Cranbourne School pupil when the storm hit and I can remember going to school on the morning after, noticing the uprooted trees, damaged fencing and other debris.

Cranbourne itself lost the roof of B Block.

The Apollo Hotel in Popley Way was called the Hilton Hotel back then. They had a wine bar called Palms, and this was advertised outside will a tall fake palm tree.

I remember this being broken in half by the high winds.

Here are some pictures from that day.

With thanks to Debbie Reavell and Charles Oliver.

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