Colourful memories of King's Lynn
PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 October 2015
These scenes captured by the owners of early colour cameras are reminiscent of everyday life in the town between the 1960s and 1980s.
King's Lynn picture book
Windsor Road 1967 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour by Bob Booth
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.
Morley's Garage on Wisbech Road in the 1960s as featured in King's Lynn in Colour. It was a well-known landmark. Houses now occupy the site.
King's Lynn fire station on Gayton Road in 1971 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour. Gayton Road Health Centre now occupies the site.
Campbells sidings in 1984 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour.
A diesel train on Alexandra Dock in King's Lynn in 1986 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour. It was part of a train enthusaists tour from Reading, named the Fen Tiger.
High Street in King's Lynn in 1970 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour. View down High Street at the junction with New conduit Street and Purfleet Street.
Boys fishing at the end of the Lynn Ferry landing stage in circa 1984 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour by Bob Booth.
Bayes Records in Tower Street as featured in King's Lynn in Colour.
Tower Street in 1972 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour.
The Vancouver Centre in 1975 as featured in King's Lynn in Colour. Book by Bob Booth.
Bob Booth has written his 10th and last book on King's Lynn, called 'King's Lynn in Colour Vol 2&3'. Picture: Matthew Usher.
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 www.trickysampublishing.co.uk. Profits will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
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