Britain’s most famous weatherman is set to reopen Hunstanton’s Sea Life Sanctuary on the 27th anniversary of the date he told BBC viewers not to worry, just hours before a hurricane hit.
Michael Fish is a name that is synonymous with disastrous weather, and who better to re-open an aquarium destroyed by storm floods than the meteorologist and broadcaster?
General manager Nigel Croasdale said: “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.
“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.”
The weatherman memorably told viewers there was nothing to worry about, just before a hurricane struck in October 1987, and is now set to reopen the centre on Wednesday morning after it was ravaged by storms last December.
The weatherman will accompany a panel of young conservationists from Redgate Junior School on the first official tour of the newly-restored seafront attraction.
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.
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.”
He will do the same again for VIP guests, including some of the firemen who helped pump the floodwaters out last December and their families, later that day.
The Sanctuary was wrecked when a tidal surge breached flood defences during a winter storm which caused it to flood to more than three feet. More than 2,500 creatures had to be hastily evacuated to foster Sea Life Centres across England.
Some of them had lodged at Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre, which was also opened by Michael Fish in 1990.