So what did Ra­dio 2 DJ Brian know?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK -

A WO­MAN from Ash­ford could hardly be­lieve her ears as the tremor struck while she was ly­ing in bed on Satur­day morn­ing.

As Gill Hol­land won­dered what on earth was hap­pen­ing, the DJ she was lis­ten­ing to on the ra­dio an­nounced that the next record he was go­ing to play was called Earth­quake.

Mrs Hol­land, of The Limes, Kingsnorth, was tuned in to Brian Matthew’s Sounds of the Six­ties show on Ra­dio 2, on Satur­day morn­ing, as she en­joyed a lie-in.

Mrs Hol­land said: “My hus­band John was in the shower. I’d lis­tened to the news and was still in bed. “Then I felt the tremor. “I put my hands down by my side and won­dered if it was go­ing to hap­pen again.

“As I felt the tremor the DJ in­tro­duced this record called Earth­quake.

“It was an amaz­ing co­in­ci­dence.”

Ac­cord­ing to the show’s playlist the record was, in­deed, Earth­quake, by Bobbi Lynn, recorded in 1968.

Pic­ture: BBC

Two hun­dred houses were dam­aged, with 70 be­ing made un­in­hab­it­able. The main road was cracked in many places, the pave­ment torn up and gas and wa­ter mains bro­ken. Chasms of up to 9ft wide ap­peared at En­combe. A pam­phlet was pro­duced to tell vis­i­tors about what was known as the Sandgate Sen­sa­tional Soil Sub­si­dence.

Earth­quake, at the foot of the DJ playlist

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