Colourful memories of King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 October 2015

Bunnett Avenue,  in King's Lynn in 1977 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour by Bob Booth. King's Lynn during the Silver Jubilee.

Bunnett Avenue, in King's Lynn in 1977 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour by Bob Booth. King's Lynn during the Silver Jubilee.


These scenes captured by the owners of early colour cameras are reminiscent of everyday life in the town between the 1960s and 1980s.

The evocative photographs capture the town centre and residential streets in the days before the shopping area was pedestrianised and when the tower of Campbell’s Soups stood prominently on the outskirts.

Hundreds of images appear in the latest edition of King’s Lynn in Colour, the most recent picture book to be published by author Bob Booth. Every year for the last 10 years, he has released a publication looking back at ‘Old Lynn’, starting from the 1930s.

Mr Booth said: “I do it because people like to look at old pictures – they bring back memories.”

The books mainly feature images that have been donated for publication, rather than those taken by professional photographers, and all profits go to charity.

Mr Booth, who runs Tricky Sam Publishing, said: “I think that’s what makes the book so special – the photographs are from personal and family collections.

“These days, people come to me with their photographs because they like to see them published alongside others.” The first book – King’s Lynn in the 1930s – features a collection of images taken of streets, yards and lanes taken before the town’s slum areas were pulled down.

But Mr Booth, 76, says his favourite publication so far is Looking Back at Lynn – A scrapbook of the 50s & 60s.

“That was definitely my era,” he added.

King’s Lynn in Colour is priced £12.99 and will be available at King’s Lynn bookshops and Jarrolds in Norwich from tomorrow. Copies can also be ordered through the website Profits will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

- Do these photographs bring back happy memories for you? Email

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press