Jack Hall: north Norfolk shopkeeper who played the drums into his 90s

Jack Hall drumming with Trevor Hart in Mundesley when he was 84.

Jack Hall drumming with Trevor Hart in Mundesley when he was 84. - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to a well-known shopkeeper and musician.

Jack Hall, 98, from North Walsham who embodied the philosophy of being young at heart passed away in hospital on January 21.

Mr Hall, who had seven children, 14 grandchildren and also 11 great-grandchildren, had been a shopkeeper in Cromer and North Walsham for many years.

But he was also well known for his passion for music - playing gigs around north Norfolk as a drummer with bands including a duo named Young at Hart, with playing partner Trevor Hart, until he was in his 90s.

He met his second wife, Doris, 85, when he was performing at The Ship pub in Mundesley, during the 1950s.

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The couple lived in Mundesley for 38 years and North Walsham for 23 years.

Mrs Hall said : 'He loved music, he played the drums until he had a stroke when he was 91.'

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Mr Hall, who was born and raised in Norwich, had several jobs after leaving school at 14 before taking on a role at Frank Price's drapery store in Magdalen Street, Norwich, working in the men's shoes department.

After completing National Service he decided to take work in a clothes shop in Cromer before eventually taking on the business himself, based in Brook Street, Cromer. He went on to expand with other shops in North Walsham and Norwich.

His daughter Sally (now Cox) also worked above the shop in North Walsham with her own boutique and his son Peter took over the running of the Cromer shop when Mr Hall retired.

Aside from music he was also fond of motorcycles and quad bikes and regularly took part in charity events.

Mrs Cox, 60, said: 'He was a very lucky man to have had good health until he had his stroke.'

She said he would garden and also took part in sponsored cycle rides for charity from North Walsham to Heydon for different charities, when he was in his late 70s. He would also cycle to Mundesley to the doctors for check-ups every year even when he was in his 80s.

A funeral service for Mr Hall will be held at St. Nicholas Church, North Walsham on Tuesday, February 3rd at 11am followed by interment at All Saint's Church, Morston.

Family flowers only please, but donations, if desired, payable to the Stroke Association, may be given at the service or sent to Murrell Cork Funerals, 57a Mundesley Road, North Walsham, NR28 0DB.

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