On Saturday 28th April 2007, some of the men and myself were in the yard sorting materials for the coming week. The phone rang and a voice said "can you take some emergencies, there's a lot of damage in Folkestone due to an earthquake". We loaded up the vans and drove to Folkestone.
On the way we tried to imagine the scene. Our jobs in the past had taken us to the floods at Lewes, the great storm in the Outer Hebrides. We've even seen a block of ice in a roof that had fallen from an aircraft….. and now an earthquake! Most of the damage was concentrated in a small area; a lot of chimneys and roofs were affected. Luckily no one was killed. The earthquake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. One resident was annoyed not so much the with the damage but the fact that he could not see the news because his TV aerial was lying in the road.