Norfolk firefighters promised a Winfarthing teenager she would “go to the ball” after severe flooding threatened to spoil her big day — and duly delivered.
Six months of planning had been involved in 15-year-old Molly Spencer’s Diss High School Prom, at the Appleyard in Banham on Saturday. But after torrential rain fell in the afternoon, it appeared any chance of her attending was slim at best.
Molly’s mother Sally said it rained so hard the water in Short Green went, at its worst, close to her waist, closing the road in both directions — and was full of praise for the fire service, who she said went “above and beyond” the call of duty in “stressful circumstances.”
While helping other people in the road on a busy day across the region for the fire service, they offered Molly either a boat or tractor, offered by a local farmer, through the water to safety to complete her onward journey to Banham. The fire service and Molly’s father, Frankie, used fence panels from outside their house to help create a pathway to the tractor.
“The rain started at about 1pm, and by 2.30pm that was it — we were completely stranded and cut off. I saw the fire service, I opened a window, and asked if they could help, my daughter is here and she is desperate to get to her prom.
“‘Leave it with us’ they said. They rescued some baby twins next door, and they came back and nothing was too much trouble.
They said she will go to the ball, and she did.Sally Spencer
“It is a prom day that will never be forgotten. I have lived here for 16 years and I have never seen anything like that (amount of water) before.
“The fire service were absolutely brilliant, considering how busy they were.
“They said she will go to the ball, and she did.”
Mrs Spencer, who said Molly had a “brilliant time” at the prom, said community spirit was in full force, with people offering help ranging from hair curlers to lifts home back from Banham. She added half of her house had also become flooded after Saturday’s treacherous weather, although it was still currently habitable.
Watch manager at Attleborough Fire Station Mark Wilson said it was one of the more peculiar incidents of a busy weekend for the service.
“The whole Winfarthing area was severely affected and it and it was one of the worst floodings I have seen in my area in that time,” he said.