Sept. 21, 2018: Guyzance Weir, Northumberland

 

The water level on the river Coquet at Guyzance Weir is incredibly low at the moment. So low you can walk across to the opposite bank!

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The dam constructed to power the works is considered to be one of the finest 18th-century dams in England, and was unfortunately the site of the so-calledGuyzance Tragedy.

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On 17 January 1945, ten soldiers drowned while taking part in a military exercise at Guyzance, on the River Coquet. The river was in full flood and their boat was swept over the weir and capsized. The men, all aged 18, were weighed down by full combat gear. In 1995, a memorial service was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragedy and a plaque was erected.

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