Flashback: Missing links and shared memories

Presentation to Greene King Fireman March 1980

Presentation to Greene King Fireman March 1980 - Credit: Archant

READERS have been sharing their memories of Flashback photos after spotting themselves or their relatives in our weekly feature.

Re: Sponsored walk in Aldeburgh, 1977

I have just seen the photo from 1977, a sponsored walk in Aldeburgh.

Has it been cropped? I believe I am on girl on the far right hand side that has been cut off!

I recognise lots of their faces.

CLAIRE ELLIS,

Editor’s note: This is the full extent of the original photo, unfortunately!

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Re: Melton School, Easter eggs

Your photograph of Melton School with Easter eggs in March 1982 reminded us of some happy days when our children were young and at school.

This photo shows the prize winners of the Easter egg competition held that year. Most children entered the competition and the parents went along to view all the entries (which I remember were most imaginative).

I was able to remember some of the children’s names but our eldest child, Angharad, remembered them all immediately.

They were, from back left: Joseph Schultz, Steven Damant, Darren Miller, Victoria Simmonds and Lesley Taylor. Middle row from left: Lara Hansen (an American whose father was over here with the Forces), Gwilym Cox (our son whose egg, like him, had ginger hair and freckles). Front row from left: Stephen Walker (deceased), Michael Foreman and John Edwards.

JEAN COX,

Melton.

Re: Greene King fireman, March 1980

Family friends sent me the picture from your paper of the presentation to a Greene King fireman in March 1980 saying they were amazed to see it in the paper.

It may be that the picture is of my late father, Peter Bird, on the left giving a presentation to that Greene King fireman on the right.

However, from memory, it was in the March of 1980 that my father retired from the main fire brigade in Bury St Edmunds, and with the close links between the main brigade and the Greene King men, this may have been a presentation from Greene King to my dad on his retirement.

He had served 28 years in the fire service and achieved high rank in the division, having started his career in the London Brigade after coming out of the army. He had served in 7th Battalion (Light Infantry) Parachute Regiment, seeing service in Normandy, Java, and other places.

He died in 2003 after a long battle with cancer.

MRS ROSALYN YOUNG (Nee Bird),

Re: 50-year Co-op retirement

I recognised my uncle Jack Lambert, who lived in Bond Street, seated in the front of the photo, and can remember him retiring.

DAVID PRIME,

Stowmarket.

Re: Long service presentation, Crown Hotel, Woodbridge

It was lovely to see the 1980 Flashback picture of the long service presentation at the Crown Hotel, Woodbridge.

It was for Rose Newson from Melton, who was a breakfast cook at that time. A lovely lady. She used to make us laugh when she told us she took an alarm clock to bed with her to wake her up early for work next morning.

I’ve worked at the Crown Hotel 44 happy years and in that time have seen many changes (and bosses). But the best thing about it all is meeting and working with lots of nice people.

ROSIE GIRLING,

Woodbridge.

Re: Essex Police cross country run at Danbury

Having been an active member of Ipswich Harriers many years ago, I was intrigued to see your photo of a so-called Essex Police cross country run at Danbury.

The competitors would soon have been left far behind, as they are obviously race walkers! Not quite April 1 yet!

P LINGLEY,

Lawford.

Re: Flashback March 20

I am writing with reference to the Flashback picture in the EADT.

It is of my aunties, Mrs Margaret Blowers (right) and Mrs Ann Delf (left). They both worked at Slough Farm, Westhall, making cards and pictures with pressed flowers, using their own designs.

I think they may also have used the flowers in paper weights.

Mrs Margaret Blowers still lives in Westhall.

MARGARET NEWSON,

Carlton,

Saxmundham.

Re: Careers meeting at Woodbridge School in March 1977 (EADT, March 18)

In the picture my son, Colin Hawes, is second left in the back row and Nick Revett is fifth in that row.

I cannot name any of the others in the photo.

MARGARET HAWES,

Wickham Market.

Re: Sugar beet factory

You were recently asking for personal reminisences about the old sugar beet factory at Sproughton.

I recall that just before World War II broke out the late A J Smith (Alf Smith of Boxted) often employed me as a young lad to help hand load a two ton Bedford lorry and then travel with him from the field in Langham to the factory at Sproughton.

I also remember that a few years ago a chap commented to me, “What are we working for? Even with a 40 ton toad it was now hard to make it pay.”

What would he have made of that old Bedford truck with a full load (of just a ton and a quarter of beet) and a 30 mile round trip.

We even had to put a brick under the rear wheels as we struggled to change down gear going up Sproughton hill (near the Wild Man Public House).

How times have changed.

FRED SMITH,

Boxted.

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