Storm force winds coupled with a very high tide at lunchtime struck the Hoylake coastline today.
North Parade was closed to traffic as sea water and debris reached the garden walls of houses facing the beach (though a few cars were driving along). It appears that Hoylake got off lightly compared to West Kirby and especially New Brighton. Hoylake’s pirate ship The Grace Darling survived pretty much but The Black Pearl at New Brighton is sadly no longer.
Chris Williams and Vaughan Williams both captured the damage to the promenade at Sandhey slipway with this photo from Chris clearly showing the repairs that’ll soon be required:
Ian Hazelhurst has created a video of today’s high tide and here are some more, large images (when clicked) of the promenade today: