Flashback: Looking back on the past

READERS have contacted us with their memories after seeing some of our flashback photos printed online and in the EADT.

Yoxford school pupils

I RECENTLY came across a copy of the EADT (April 9) and there was a photo in Flashback of children at Yoxford school.

My granddaughter, Emma, was in the picture. She was around three years old at the time and it was a pre-school class. Emma is the little girl in the middle, behind the little boy who is waving.

I have no idea who the other children are.

I have taken the EADT for over 60 years and I don’t know how I missed this at the time.


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Table tennis team

YOUR photo of four young table tennis players was of the Under-11 Old Buckenham Hall School team in 1984.

From left to right the players were James Harrison, Stuart Morgan, Angus Hulme and Rupert de Quincy Adams. The team won the East Anglian round of the English Schools team event that year. There were individual trophies as well. The school had many table tennis successes from the early 70s until the late 90s. One more recent team even included a member of McFly!

I am the ‘TC’ mentioned, the giver-out of Mars bars.


Steam engine

THE gentleman standing back to front of steam engine with cigarette in mouth is Jack Larter and two men talking right-hand side of picture is Malcolm Bloomfield (Bloomfield of Debenham, former governor of it) on left and the gentleman on the right of him is reporter Reg Baxter.


Jubilee Avenue,


Long-service award at St Mary’s, Tattingstone (Letter sent May 9)

MY mother worked as an auxiliary nurse at Tattingstone Hospital for almost 30 years from around 1960, starting aged 38 leaving aged 65.

She has named in your photo: Matron Mrs Clinn, Sister May, Sister Kimber, Sister Clark, Nurse Musson (NA), Tooty Fuller (NA) - no relation, Nurse Everett (NA), Nurse Folkard (SEN State Enrolled nurse).

Tooty Fuller lived in a bungalow in Chelmondiston. She has told me she regards working at “Tat” one of the best parts of her life.


Forest Gate,


THE picture of the nurses long service awards at Tattingstone Hospital brought back memories for me.

My late husband was in there in 1989. He had been in various hospitals and private nursing homes after suffering ten strokes. The hospital was very old but such a very happy place, plenty of laughter, love and care. It was a truly wonderful hospital and also the care given to the family.

There was a matron there and, like her and all her nursing staff, nothing was too much trouble for them. It was such a shame when it was closed.


Magdalen Road,


Front row: Nurse Violet Bowen, Nurse Everitt, Matron Clinn, presenter (unknown), Nurse Olive (Bessie) Munson.

The sister between Matron and the presenter is, I believe, Sister Kimber and at the back I recognise but can’t name a sister who I think came originally from Capel St Mary.

I was sister there from 1955-57, met my husband there and married while we were there.


Felixstowe Road,


Needham Market Community Centre

YOUR flashback photograph (EADT May 8) has caused much amusement and reminiscence – well done!

At the time of the photograph I owned Sturgeon Builders, and we were building a large extension at Needham Market Community Centre. My business partner and myself sold the company, in 2004, to its management team; but sadly the business went into liquidation about 18 months later.

Your photograph shows community centre chairman Brian Annis, CBE, and manager Mary Puttergill in the foreground, operating the concrete mixer and wheelbarrow. I am behind the mixer with contracts manager Russell Davey who is allegedly still wearing the pullover!

On the scaffold, left to right, are Karl Baxter, Steve Hembery, Paul Overton, Jason Warnes, Fred Beaumont and Karl Warnes. Herbie Hughes, extreme right, appears to be thinking he is out of camera shot.

Steve Hembery, who joined when he left school 27 years ago is now a senior manager here at Gipping Homes, the company we set up after the sale of Sturgeons, to concentrate on housing development. We have since also set up a new construction business – Gipping Construction – and a number of old Sturgeon colleagues are here along with former customers!

Happily, health and safety standards have improved since your photograph although we all appear to have found hard hats at the time!




Hadleigh School

YOUR flashback photograph which appeared in the Friday, May 11 edition of the EADT shows a scene at Hadleigh Hall School, Pound Lane, Hadleigh. The school was closed several years ago.

From left to right the people are: Fiona Sowden, Mary Partridge, Rebecca Llewelyn Jones, Percy Aston (the Head Master), person in shadows not known, Caroline Wilkes.

I attended the school in my youth and in October last year organised a reunion which was well attended. One of the people at the reunion contacted me yesterday and was able to give me the above names.


Boxford Road,



Mendlesham Fete 1964

MY name is Mrs Jennie Lummis (still living in Mendlesham) and it is me aged 13 on the right of the photo (Jennie Baker then). I am leading my pony Topsy. The young lad riding my pony Topsy could be the then vicar’s (Reverend James Jolly) son Jeremy Jolly.

The girl leading the other pony is Susan Thorpe (now Mrs Susan Sergeant) and her rider is June Lambert who use to live in Mendlesham Green and who I think now lives in Holland. The name of Susan’s pony escapes me.

I used to take my ponies to lots of local fetes to give pony rides, walking up and down for hours on end. In those days there were not the horses and ponies about like there are today.



Dunwich Heath

THE photo you published on April 19 is of Jean Williams, who was then chairman of the East Suffolk Federation of Women’s Institutes handing over the Dunwich Heath Information Centre.

The WIs throughout East Suffolk raised the money to build the centre, which was, if I remember rightly, a wooden structure just at the entrance to Dunwich Heath. Jean Williams was a member of Tuddenham St Martin WI and was both our excellent secretary and president over many years. She joined the East Suffolk executive committee and was later elected chairman.

I presume this Information Centre was abandoned when the National Trust opened more spacious premises at the Coastguard Cottages on Dunwich Heath. I wonder what happened to the WI hut?




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