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Mere nostalgia - looking back to colder climes in Diss

PLACES
DISS MERE SCENE
DATED 1953
PRINT C0787

PLACES DISS MERE SCENE DATED 1953 PRINT C0787

After plans are revealed for a new waterfront pub alongside Diss Mere, we thought we’d have a look back through our photo archives.

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Children feeding the ducks at Diss Mere during the winter, the ducks gather in open water near the banks, while most of the mere looks like it is covered with ice. In the distance the Parish Church and other town buildings can be seen.

FOA Jan 2016

Dated  14th January 1959

Photograph  C3792  Nicholas Places - D Children feeding the ducks at Diss Mere during the winter, the ducks gather in open water near the banks, while most of the mere looks like it is covered with ice. In the distance the Parish Church and other town buildings can be seen. FOA Jan 2016 Dated 14th January 1959 Photograph C3792 Nicholas

While you certainly don’t see many cars like these in the town these days, the Mere itself hasn’t changed a lot since 1953 when its car park was half full on a sunny afternoon.

Feeding the ducks was as popular a pastime then as it is today. The birds probably appreciated a bit of extra grub when the lake froze over, as it often did when South Norfolk’s winters always seemed much harsher than today.

Diss mere - snow pic taken 18th feb 1969 m10653-24a pic to be used in lets talk feb 2016 Diss mere - snow pic taken 18th feb 1969 m10653-24a pic to be used in lets talk feb 2016

One of the chilliest of them all was the great freeze of 1963, when the Mere became an improvised ice rink.

Now do you reckon they’d let you do that in today’s health and safety-conscious climate?

PLACES

DISS - MERE

DATED 1950'S ?

PLATE  P5175 PLACES DISS - MERE DATED 1950'S ? PLATE P5175

A skating rink created on Diss Mere by Adrian Bloom and his brother, Robert, in the winter of 1963. A skating rink created on Diss Mere by Adrian Bloom and his brother, Robert, in the winter of 1963.

CHRISTMAS
DISS MERE
DATED 1971
NEGATIVE 32604-8 CHRISTMAS DISS MERE DATED 1971 NEGATIVE 32604-8

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