Fond memories for woman who modelled coats for Nursey’s of Bungay

Frances Crickmore modelling for Nursey and Son during the 1970s

Frances Crickmore modelling for Nursey and Son during the 1970s - Credit: Archant

A woman has spoken of her fond memories of working as a model for Nursey's of Bungay, after the company closed its doors for the final time.

Frances Crickmore pictured this week in her sheepskin coat from Nursey and Son

Frances Crickmore pictured this week in her sheepskin coat from Nursey and Son - Credit: Archant

Frances Crickmore was a hairdresser in the town when she was approached by owner Burton Nursey to exhibit the company's sheepskin coats and leathers during the 1970s.

The mother of three modelled for the company for more than five years until she had her children and still owns and wears a coat that she purchased 40 years ago.

She said: 'I used to do some modelling for a local photographer and Mr Nursey heard about me through him. The pictures were taken at different locations around Bungay and in front of public houses. I also had my picture up in Jarrolds in Norwich.

'I did find it really exciting and it gave me a lot of confidence as I was only in my 20s at the time.


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'I liked modelling for the catalogues and Mr Nursey used to give me a bit off my coats and some pay for it. Everybody used to have a Nursey coat, they were so popular. I wore mine all the time.'

Mrs Crickmore, who is now 64, now takes a keen interest in photography herself.

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Nursey and Son closed for the final time on January 17, after a reduction in profit over the past five years and lack of interest from a buyer.

The company was one of the country's oldest sheepskin specialists and has been making luxurious garments since 1846.

It was one of Bungay's most enduring shops and was responsible for creating Del Boy Trotter's famous sheepskin coat which he wore in Only Fools And Horses.

The company reopened in October to sell off the remaining stock, but has now closed for good.

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