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Were you a fancy dresser?

PUBLISHED: 19:58 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:58 27 March 2018

A picture taken by a Norwich photographer and turned into a postcard. But where and when? Do you recognise anyone? Picture: Archant Library

A picture taken by a Norwich photographer and turned into a postcard. But where and when? Do you recognise anyone? Picture: Archant Library

Archant Library

They knew how to dress up years ago... and these wonderful old outfits would have all been handmade.

Give us a smile. The people of Knowsley Road and Beaconsfield Road in Norwich in the early 1920s all dressed up. Picture: Archant LibraryGive us a smile. The people of Knowsley Road and Beaconsfield Road in Norwich in the early 1920s all dressed up. Picture: Archant Library

No popping into a shop and coming away with a fancy costume in those days.

Mums and dads, brothers and sisters, grannies and grandpas worked long and hard to make sure their family members looked the part.

We think these pictures were taken at celebrations and 
street parties in and around Norwich in days gone - by perhaps the 1920s.

At the drop of a hat, out would come the bunting, crepe paper and community spirit, which welded so many streets in the city and across the county.

The mums and dads – mums mainly I suspect – must have spent many a long hour making the costumes for this street party thought to be in Norwich. Do you recognise anyone? Picture: Archant LibraryThe mums and dads – mums mainly I suspect – must have spent many a long hour making the costumes for this street party thought to be in Norwich. Do you recognise anyone? Picture: Archant Library

Any excuse was used, from a royal event, a victory, a jubilee or a new arrival at number 13.

The costumes were put together, the sandwiches and cakes 
were made and a good time was had by all.

And just look at the amount of work which went into producing these outfits. The boys and girls were the star attractions but the grown-ups also dressed up and joined in the fun.

No telly to keep them indoors in those days.

Have a close look and see if you can recognise anyone. You may even have your own copy hidden away in an album at home.

Please get in touch. We would love to put some names to the faces. And perhaps you have some photographs to share with our readers.

We would also like to see any photographs you have taken at a celebration which was a major occasion at most schools in Norfolk and Norwich and is now no more...Empire Day.

Remember that?

Drop me a line at derek.james2013@gmail.com or write to me at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.


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