Flashback: Blooming marvellous

READERS have been reliving memories of the past after browsing through our photos from yesteryear.

Nicki Dixon, from Sudbury, wrote in regarding our photo featuring the opening of the Bures United Football Club’s pavilion: “I recognise the man in the middle, as all football fans will. Mike Walker, former Norwich and Everton (my team) manager and dad to former England goalkeeper Ian Walker. I believe they lived locally as Ian attended Great Cornard Upper School”.

In response to the photograph of Woodbridge School Pupils trekking 50 miles in July 1964, Ed Abbott, from Manningtree wrote: “I was at Woodbridge 1965-70. I can’t remember the names of the lads, but the photo was taken outside Queens House, Woodbridge School. Queens was one of three boarding houses at Woodbridge, so they were definitely boarders in Queens. At that time there were about 120 boarders and 140 dayboys at Woodbridge. As a Woodbridge student you had the choice of joining the Cadet force, Army, Air or the third Woodbridge School scout troup (land or sea). I joined the Scouts and loved it!”

The Flashback picture in the EADT on Friday, July 20 entitled Flower Power made Gloria J Abbott, from Bury St Edmunds sit up and take notice: “There, before me, was a very much younger version of myself. The only person on the photograph that I cannot name, and do not remember, is the girl with dark hair and glasses at the front.

“From the left to right are Wendy Farrow (who ran a bed and breakfast at no. 22), Barbara Rolfe (from No. 19), Fred Footer (who lived at No. 6), Alan Thompson (from No. 4, who organised Orchard Street’s Bury in Bloom efforts at that time). In front of him are his two daughters. On his left is my sister Monica Marsh (who lived with us at No. 8). I am standing between her and Mike Ames, who for so many years masterminded Bury in Bloom. Orchard Street was very successful in the Residential Street category for several years and I won prizes and certificates for my front garden, too, until arthritis put a stop to my efforts. Thank you for bringing back memories of people long gone from our street, which I always referred to as Bury’s Blooming Backwater”.

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Mrs J Leech, from Martlesham got in touch regarding an image of the award winning West Suffolk Nurses in May 1983: “To the lady who sadly lost her daughter Susan Scopes. I also have the pictures of the three nurses. My daughter is the one on the right, Wendy Green, and is still nursing at Bury Hospital. Wendy is sure the nurse in the middle is Susan Cardy who has moved away from the area”.

Susan Diane Watling from Woodbridge recognised some of her former teachers and colleagues in the Anglian on Tuesday, July 10: “How lovely to see in the East Anglian Daily Times on Tuesday, July 10 a picture of four members of staff at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge, Suffolk. I was a pupil at the school from 1961 to 1966. The teacher second from the right is Mr Ball (metalwork teacher), the person on the left was Mr Hale (deputy head), the person next to him was Mr Bolton (headmaster) and the other person on the right hand side was Mr Briscoe (woodwork teacher).

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I worked at Farlingaye from 1977 to 2007 until I took early retirement. I was privileged to have known them while I worked at Farlingaye”.

Liz Martinez e-mailed us in response to an image in Flashback covering July 11: “what a delight it was to see the Old Framlinghamians Society centenary celebration photo in the paper. I can certainly name the middle three people, from left to right: John Ford, Neville Bromage and myself Elizabeth Martinez nee Grodzicka. John Ford I think was president of the society. The late Neville Bromage was the Honourable Secretary for several decades, as was his father before him and also happened to be my stepfather. It was a very appropriate day to see this photo on this date as his birthday would have been the 13th of July and mine is on the 14th of July. I was one of the first ‘girls’ to attend Framlingham College 1978-80”.

Mary Miller (formerly Mary Dixon) from Leiston contacted us with reference to the Flashback - 1981 featuring Kingsmead County Primary School on Wednesday July 11. “The sponsored “Hush-In” was one of many fundraising efforts towards an outdoor swimming pool to be included in the plans for the soon to be built, Abbotts Hall Primary School in Stowmarket. My daughter, Katy Dixon, is second from left in the front row with her friend Hayley Munnings and my son, Peter Dixon is shown third from the left in the fourth row next to Tim Fox. I taught lots of the children there and remember most of the faces including the Arbon twins, daughters of Mike, who was head at the middle school. Mrs Tweddle was the headmistress and I, Mary Dixon, taught in reception, lovely memories. Thank you for publishing the photo”.

Peter Collingwood, from Saxted spotted a photo of his mother in the Hacheston Rose Festival in July 1985: “The lady kneeling on the left is my mother Mrs Vera Collingwood. The lady standing next to her, I do not know. The lady third left kneeling is Mrs Tina Peacock and the lady standing on the right is Mrs Hazel Watts. All members of Framlingham Flower Club”.

Rosemary Farrow from Felixstowe Road, Ipswich also recognised people from the rose festival: “The lady standing on the left is Mrs Helen Brooks. Helen was a school nurse and we were colleagues. She was also Suffolk Coastal mayor one year, I believe”.

A photograph featuring Saxmundham chess club 1981 brought memories for Helen Revell, from Saxmundham flooding back: “It was taken in the most successful season 80/81 in the history of the now defunct Saxmundham chess club. My late husband Jack Revell is holding one of the cups they won, together with Charlie Gold (an American teacher on the Bentwaters base). Jack used to start chess clubs where ever we lived. I, too have this photo in one of my books unfortunately with no names. I believe the match was played at the Gannon rooms in Saxmundham”.

If you can tell us anything about these images or have some archive pictures of your own e-mail flashback@eadt.co.uk.

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