Sally Army cen­tre is a refuge for vic­tims

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - EARTHQUAKE - THE REFUGEES -

THE Sal­va­tion Army set up a refuge at its cen­tre in Can­ter­bury Road for peo­ple evac­u­ated from their homes.

The cen­tre was quickly turned into a safe haven where hot food and drinks were pro­vided for those dis­placed by the tremor.

Cap­tain Peter West said: “We’re in the mid­dle of the af­fected area and peo­ple needed a refuge.

“At first the power was off but I brought the van down, which has a gen­er­a­tor and gas on it.

“Peo­ple were con­fused and ag­i­tated, but no one was se­ri­ously trau­ma­tised.

“It re­minded one wo­man of her wartime ex­pe­ri­ences and she was a bit shaky.”

Among those visit­ing the scene was Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard.

He told the Ken­tish Ex­press: “I wanted to see things for my­self and thank the emer­gency ser­vices and the Sal­va­tion Army.”

The MP said he had been hav­ing break­fast when he felt the earth move.

“A pic­ture came off the wall and a tree came down in the gar­den,” he added.

MP Michael Howard with Sal­va­tion Army Cap­tain Peter West

Re­porter Michael DeFroand with Jen­nifer Jor­dan at the Sal­va­tion Army cen­tre in Can­ter­bury Road

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