Storm Doris knocks down 6ft brick wall in Eye which has ‘stood the test of time’

Charles Michell's 6 foot high wall in his garden was blown over by Storm Doris

Pictured: Michael Burke (Neighbour on the other side of the wall) and Charles Michell

Charles Michell's 6 foot high wall in his garden was blown over by Storm Doris Pictured: Michael Burke (Neighbour on the other side of the wall) and Charles Michell

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Storm Doris wreaked havoc across the country last Thursday, with winds reaching more than 90mph in some areas.

And no one is more aware of what damage the weather can cause than Eye couple Charles and Sara Michell, after the storm brought down a brick wall in their garden which had stood for more than 30 years.

Charles Michell's 6 foot high wall in his garden was blown over by Storm Doris

Pictured: Michael Burke (Neighbour on the other side of the wall) and Charles Michell

Charles Michell's 6 foot high wall in his garden was blown over by Storm Doris Pictured: Michael Burke (Neighbour on the other side of the wall) and Charles Michell

It was about 4.15pm when their neighbour called to inform them: “I now have a very clear view of your house!”

Mr Michell, who lives in Linden House in Lambseth Street, said the wall was built in 1983 and stood roughly six feet tall, with a length of 30 yards.

He believes a “freak” gust of wind knocked the wall over. It fell down in the opposite direction to Thursday’s gusts, virtually as one piece, squashing a garden border in the process.

While a whole new wall will need to be built, with the rubble not salvageable, Mr Michell was just relieved that no one was injured in the incident.

The most important thing is no one was hurt, no one was under it, thank goodness, and that is the most fortunate thing

Charles Michell

“The most important thing is no one was hurt, no one was under it, thank goodness, and that is the most fortunate thing,” he said.

“Nothing else matters.

“It had stood the test of time up until now and it has seemingly fallen in one piece.”

“We did have things blown about in the garden.

“It was a very windy day and very gusty, but I did not think it would cause this amount of damage.

“It must have been a freak gust of wind which caused it to fall off its base.”