Storm Ahead was the first title by Monica Edwards which GGBP published, in 2005. It has been out of print for years, and we are delighted to be reprinting it.
It was November when Lindsey went to stay with Tamzin, yet as they punted their way to Dunsford the heat was stifling and the air ominously still.
Then suddenly they were hit by tempestuous squalls which dropped back to brooding calm as unexpectedly as they began. Old Jim the ferryman was waiting for them at Dunsford, “We got a dirty lotter weather brewin’ up, or I ain’t never seen none,” he said and his prophecy was only too correct for by nightfall the worst gale for many, many years was sweeping across Romney Marsh. Its brutal force brought danger and disaster to the village, and Tamzin, Meryon and others found themselves battling ceaselessly in the work of rescue and salvage. On shore comfort and shelter had to be provided for those rendered homeless.
At sea, when a ship signalled distress the lifeboat had to be put out though it could only be tragically defeated by such formidable seas. And those at Tamzin’s home had their own personal share of anxiety when Lindsey had a terrifying encounter with a mad dog. Tamzin’s ride through the floods to fetch the doctor took as much courage as anything she had ever done, for in that she was alone, save for her gallant pony, Cascade.
We are keeping the original preface by Monica Edwards’ daughter, Shelley. It was the first article Shelley wrote for us and is fascinating.
We are also keeping much of what the late Joy Wotton wrote for us, putting this into three separate articles on: Monica Edwards, The Real Romney Marsh and The Real Storm Ahead. We have included some of the original photographs but also some not used here before, and several brand new ones.
Julia Smith has written an article on the crew of the Mary Stanford (the boat in the real Storm). She is including the 1923 event in this, linking it to the men involved. She has also tracked info about how the boat was chosen and why it was not ‘self-righting’ which will supplement Joy’s work.
(Added to website on 27 July 2021)