From the Archive: Your memories of our photographs from the past
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:20 22 October 2016
This week I bring you further information on pictures used in the past two months of my archive series, courtesy of readers who phoned, emailed, wrote and called in to Prospect House. My thanks to all who contacted me.
1. Glider meeting, 1958 (Down Memory Lane, July 22). Keith Panton of Norfolk Gliding Club emailed me to identify Alfred Warminger as the middle of the three pilots shown; he was flying glider 44. Keith acted as crew member for RAF Flying Officer David Cretney who is shown walking behind Mr Warminger; his aircraft can just be seen in the background. Also flying that day was painter and naturalist Peter Scott.
2. Aylsham School, 1957 (Down Memory Lane, August 19). Geraldine Mason was PE teacher at the school until 1964 and had many happy memories of her time there. On the photo she recognised Miss King, the first deputy head teacher at the school.
3. Norwich housing estate, 1967 (From our Archives, August 27). Several readers identified the unknown estate as Philadelphia Lane/Penn Grove off Aylsham Road, near Waterloo Park.
4. In the same feature, I’m told that this picture from 1962 is not Vauxhall Street but Chapelfield Road – the lay-by was removed when the road was widened and an underpass built.
5. Gorleston Old Tyme Music Hall, 1971 (Down Memory Lane, September 14). Bridget Robinson of Gorleston wrote to identify herself as the lady on the left with the splendid hat. She and her friends were members of the Gt. Yarmouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Shrublands Drama Group. They would get together and dress up on the last night of the Music Hall at the Floral Hall to enjoy the singing and join in with the cast.
6. The Ferry Inn at Horning, 1956 (Down Memory Lane, September 17). Rod Boden writes that the man pulling a pint is Jock Walton, the manager. The pub was later partially destroyed by fire and re-roofed with tiles, not thatch.
7. Hoveton School aboriginal grave poles, 1970 (Down Memory Lane, September 23). Dennis Cowburn rang to tell me he was the other half of the teacher exchange and spent a year at Cairns in North Queensland, Australia. Afterwards, he returned to Hoveton School for the remainder of his career. The two exchange families still keep in touch.
8. Norwich Students Orchestra, 1967 (From our Archives, September 24). The conductor has been identified as Fred Firth and the venue appears to be the hall of the Hewett School. Several readers commented on the good work Mr Firth had done for youth music in the city.
9. Bawdeswell church in ruins, 1944 (Down Memory Lane, September 24). Several readers recalled the terrible accident when a Mosquito aircraft crashed into All Saints’ Church, destroying the Victorian building and damaging nearby houses. The plane had iced up on its way back to Bexwell aerodrome at Downham Market and was struggling to land at Swanton Morley when it hit power cables at Bawdeswell. Both crew members were killed but no-one on the ground was hurt. The church was rebuilt in the 1950s.
10. Fakenham cattle weighbridge, 1977 (Down Memory Lane, October 1). The weighbridge was built in 1925. Livestock would be driven onto the weighbridge and weighed before going into the ring. The cattle market at Fakenham closed in the early 1970s and was demolished shortly afterwards. The weighbridge and ring can still be seen at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, which is open until Sunday, October 30 this year. The ring and weighbridge are displayed outside and have recently been restored by museum volunteers
If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them you can email rosemary. email@example.com.
To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit www.edp24.co.uk/buyaphoto or telephone Diane Townsend Mon-fri on 01603 772449.
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