Peter Rhodes on a windy anniversary and why all firefighters should be called firewomen
ON this week's 30th anniversary, the national media still refer to The Great Storm of 1987. Rootling among my dispatches written at the time, I found a column from October 1987. It was entitled The Great Hurricane Hyperbole and made the point that it was not a Great British Hurricane, nor even a Great Southern British Hurricane. The 1987 thing affected only a small slice of southern England - "the VIP counties . . . where the Very Important People in television and newspapers happen to live." I believed then, and believe now, that if the 1987 storm had happened anywhere else in the UK it would barely have been reported. Then, as now, the national media rarely looked north of Watford.