Hundreds flock to North Walsham’s Atrium for an afternoon of nostalgia and photos

Visitors pore over old photographs of North Walsham and Knapton during an exhibition and audio-visual presentations at The Atrium. Picture: JOSEPH BALLARD Visitors pore over old photographs of North Walsham and Knapton during an exhibition and audio-visual presentations at The Atrium. Picture: JOSEPH BALLARD

Sunday, March 9, 2014
8:15 PM

Nearly 700 people flocked to North Walsham’s Atrium on Saturday to view hundreds of old local photographs.

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The North Walsham and District Archive Group event also included two audio-visual presentations staged by group member Brian Hedge, who owns more than 35,000 photos of the area.

Joseph Ballard, artistic director of the community arts centre, said visitors had passed on valuable information to the group, clarifying dates and giving names for people in photographs.

Some had also bought in photos which had been scanned and would be added to the archive.

“There was a lovely, very nostalgic, atmosphere throughout the day with visitors seeing people they hadn’t seen for over 40 years - rather like an informal reunion in our café,” said Mr Ballard.

He had suggested the exhibition, at short notice, to complement the audio-visual presentations and the event was boosted through the success of a new Facebook group, launched by the archive group, which has already attracted nearly 2,000 members.

“It has shown how a small acorn of an idea can grow into a successful event by different groups working together for a common cause; brought together by the area where they live and work” said Mr Ballard.

“Part of The Atrium’s role is to help raise the profile of the local area and celebrate what we have - whether it’s the talent, the people or the stories.”

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