Postcards from the past cast spotlight on history of Diss and surrounding villages

Dennis Cross from Diss has spent most of his life collecting postcards depicting scenes from the tow

Dennis Cross from Diss has spent most of his life collecting postcards depicting scenes from the town and surrounding villages. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

He's been collecting postcards since 1973 and cannot put a number on how many he has. But Dennis Cross is not thinking of bringing a halt to his collecting yet.

He was hooked as soon as he bought his first postcard in a bookshop in Felixstowe and now his amazing collection mainly consists of buildings, views and areas of interest from Diss and surrounding villages including Burston, Winfarthing, Hoxne and Needham.

The eye-catching black and white images date back to the early 1900s and are a reminder of the times gone by and rural life.

Mr Cross, of Uplands Way, Diss, who is also a local historian, said: 'I'm very interested in seeing something I've never seen before.'

There are images of horse and carts travelling up Victoria Road in Diss and everyday life in Dickleburgh.

And the 65-year-old, who has been a member of the Norfolk Postcard Club since the late 1970s, said the messages on the back are also interesting.

He said: 'In the old days a chap would write a message to his lady back to front so the postman could not read it. I've got somewhere if you hold them up to a mirror you can read it.'

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A carpenter for 30 years, Mr Cross has written a couple of books which feature his postcards. Now he has retired he is hoping to produce a display of his postcards or write another book.

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