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Nostalgia - Hunstanton and King’s Lynn in the 1960s and ‘70s

PUBLISHED: 12:33 06 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 06 September 2018

Hunstanton - holidaymakers enjoying the spring bank holiday along the seafront in 1973 - not a mobile phone in sight  Picture: Archant

Hunstanton - holidaymakers enjoying the spring bank holiday along the seafront in 1973 - not a mobile phone in sight Picture: Archant

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Spot the difference between a crowded prom at Hunstanton in 1973 and today’s seafront..?

The Ship in Gaywood, Kings Lynn, which was demolished in 2000 leaving the adjacent chip shop standing alone  Picture: ArchantThe Ship in Gaywood, Kings Lynn, which was demolished in 2000 leaving the adjacent chip shop standing alone Picture: Archant

People are walking along looking up and talking to each other - and their eyes aren’t glued to their mobile phones.

That was the reaction from one of the thousands of people who shared or commented on the archive picture when we posted it on the EDP King’s Lynn facebook page.

As well as today’s news, many visitors to the site like to remember King’s Lynn and West Norfolk in bygone days.

One popular topic is the countless pubs which have been lost over the years like the Ship at Gaywood, which was demolished nearly 20 years ago to make way for a new Tesco.

Flowerpot Corner on the junction of Norfolk Street and Chapel Street in the early 1970s, where a pub ncalled the Flowerpot once stood. Picture: ArchantFlowerpot Corner on the junction of Norfolk Street and Chapel Street in the early 1970s, where a pub ncalled the Flowerpot once stood. Picture: Archant

The chip shop next door refused to sell up for the supermarket and is still standing.

Any idea why Lynners still call the junction of Norfolk Street and Chapel Street Flowerpot Corner? Because a pub called the Flowerpot used to occcupy the spot where QD now stands.

Another lamented landmark is the so-called spiral car park, named after the ramp on which you cork-screwed back to ground level on leaving the upper storey.

Demolished to make way for what is now part of the Vancouver Quarter, we found a picture from the ‘60s of it under construction.

The Spiral car park being built on New Conduit Street, in 1969  Picture: ArchantThe Spiral car park being built on New Conduit Street, in 1969 Picture: Archant

For more go to www.facebook.com/edpkingslynn/.

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