Hoeing beet was once common sight

A group hoeing sugar beet was a common sight on farms across the region in the early to mid 1960s. This group was working on John Lang's Woolsey Farm, at Panxworth.

A group hoeing sugar beet was a common sight on farms across the region in the early to mid 1960s. This group was working on John Lang's Woolsey Farm, at Panxworth.

The field in the photograph, which was published on September 14, 2007, was known as Spink's Hill.

The gang hoeing was (from left) Alfred Barnes, writes his widow Shirley, who said that her husband worked for Mr Lang until he stopped farming in 1991. Noel Green, who is still alive, was working next to the late Cyril Aldous, and Douglas (known as Dobbie) Cooper, of Salhouse Road, Panxworth.

Mr Cooper suggested that the photograph was taken about 1966 or 1967 when pelleted sugar beet seed was introduced. And, incidentally, the tree in that clay field is still there, noted Billy Calver, of School Road, Ashmanhaugh, who also named all the men.


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