Famous "Fish" To Re-Open Sea Life Sanctuary

Who better to re-open an aquarium destroyed by storm floods than a man called Fish whose name is also synonymous with disastrous weather!

Britain´s and arguably the world´s most famous weather man Michael Fish will have that dubious honour at 10am on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
The accomplished meteorologist and broadcaster, who memorably told viewers there was nothing to worry about, just before a hurricane struck in October 1987, will accompany a panel of young conservationists on the first official tour of the newly restored seafront attraction.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary The Sanctuary was effectively wrecked when a tidal surge breached flood defenses during a winter storm on the night of December 5th last year.

It was flooded to a depth of more than three feet, knocking out the power, cracking windows and lifting whole display tanks off their foundations.
More than 2,500 creatures had to be hastily evacuated to foster Sea Life Centres across England.

Ten months and £3 million later, the creatures - among them seals, otters, penguins, a green sea turtle and three caiman crocodiles - have returned to sparkling new refurbished homes.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary Some of them had lodged just up the Norfolk coast at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre, which coincidentally was also opened by Michael Fish in 1990.

The Young Conservationists - 12 five-to-eleven year olds from local Redgate Junior School Hunstanton who assist on a variety of marine life projects - are looking forward to quizzing the 70-year-old on his life in the BBC forecasting frontline.
He will have a handy prop for the occasion. The Sea Life team has mocked up a weather-style map of England, but instead of cold fronts and wind arrows, it pictures the different Sanctuary creatures heading back from their respective foster homes.

"I will regale them with some of my finest flood stories," said Michael, "and an insight into how forecasting has changed since I began my broadcasting career in 1972."
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
He will do the same again for VIP guests at an invitation preview event later that day, including some of the firemen who helped pump the floodwaters out last December and their families.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary "This special day on the eve of throwing our doors open once more to the general public is something we´ve been looking forward to for months." said General Manager Nigel Croasdale.

"It has been so heart-warming to see our residents settle so quickly back into their familiar, yet much improved homes, after a frustrating ten months for the whole team here.

"Michael Fish is surely the ideal man to help us celebrate, and we can´t wait to meet him. "
Now semi-retired, but still a "relief" weatherman on BBC South East, Mr Fish will also unveil a commemorative plaque, at the same time unveiling a new addition to the new-look Sanctuary, a spectacular underwater window into the outdoor seal pool.


Photocall

Michael´s tour with the Redgate children and his chat using the novel "sea-creature-cum-weather board" should provide great pictures.

Date: Wednesday 15th October 2014
Time: 10am
Venue: Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary, Southern Promenade, Hunstanton, PE36 5BH



Press Release issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Nigel Croasdale on 01485 533576
Date: 9th October 2014

Click here to watch a short video showing what has happened during the past 10 months.

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