Flashback: Old colleagues and a friend who’s a ringer

A FORMER Boots manager has identified two former colleagues - one of which is still working at the store after more than 50 years.

John Harvey, who managed the Bury St Edmunds branch between 1971 and 1994 recognised them in a Flashback picture of volunteers arriving at Depden Church Flower Festival.

He said: “Two of the ladies in your picture were former colleagues of mine. The lady on the far right with the daffodils and narcissi (blonde lady) was Mrs Dorothy Bull who managed the upper floor of the store for me. Alas she died some years ago.

The lady in front of Dorothy (front row on right) wearing a waxed jacket and head scarf was Mrs Pat Fisher. Mrs Fisher retired from Boots the chemist on Friday, June 22 and I am given to understand that she has completed 51 years of service with the company.

I cannot vouch for 51 years but certainly her length of service is considerable. She is currently employed on the ground floor of the store selling fragrance.”

Hugh Aldous said he enjoyed the snap of the Suffolk Ladies’ Golf Team at Woodbridge in June 1964.

He said: “The lady on the far left of the photo is the late Mrs Marjorie Forge from the Aldeburgh Golf Club, and the lady with the silver colour hair fourth from the right in the photo is the late Mrs Da Eddis also of the Aldeburgh Golf Club.”

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Rebecca Bray said a family friend instantly recognised her after Flashback published a photograph of a Brownies St George’s Day Parade in Bury from 1983.

She said: I have been sent a clipping from the East Anglian Daily Times from my father whose friend instantly recognised me from when he was at primary school with me years ago!

It is a Flashback article showing Brownies marching at the St George’s Day Parade in Bury St Edmunds in April 1983. “I am the Brownie second from the right, with my hair down and would have been nine-years-old at the time. My name then was Rebecca Lawrence. Unfortunately I can’t remember the names of the other brownies with me, however we were all members of the 1st Ixworth Brownie pack at the time.

“I have lived in Surrey now for years but I still visit Ixworth as my father lives there and have fond memories of growing up in the village and remember enjoying Brownies and having a lot of fun.”

Heidi Lockwood said she was surprised and pleased after seeing a picture of herself in Flashback.

She said: “How surprised was I when I opened today’s paper (June 27) and found a picture of my mum (Elaine Crowe) and myself!

“It was, as you have said the Holbrook bonny baby competition, of which I was the winner! I was one at the time. We still have the original cutting from the paper and I believe a certificate. Unfortunately, mum cannot remember the names of the other two participants. What a great picture, thanks!”

Val Ost got in touch after recognisng the cheeky face of Nathan Martin, a school friend of her daughter, Laurel Ost. She said: “Several of us have compared notes and come up with the names as shown on the attached pic.

I’ll list them below in case you can’t decipher my quick scrawl - Geoff Monk (leader,) Christopher Sansbury (Rector of LM), Alex Bayliss, Gerald Cook, Peter Cook, Nicholas Sargeant, Philip Stovell, Graham Cain and Nathan Martin.

“You don’t often publish old pics from this area so it was lovely to see this!”

Jo Rothery emailed in to identify Muriel Page of Pettaugh who was ringing bells at St Mary’s Church.

She explained: “She was one of a group who took me under their wing when I learned to ring. She regularly visited many of the local towers such as Framsden, Debenham, Brandeston, Stonham,

“Tannington and Earl Soham with other well known ringers of the time such as Lester Brett (Framsden), Billy Button (Stonham?), Frank (Earl Soham) and Walter Ruffles and Walter Miller (Earl Soham).”

Competitors in the three legged race at Haughley United Football Club fete in June 1982 were named by Chris Faiers.

He said: “From left to right, myself Chris Faiers, Darryl Fisher, ? and Donna Paddy.

“The fete was an annual event in the 80s. Along with the children’s races there used to be a five a side tournament between the roads in the village with each team having at least one woman and an under 16 in the side.

“One year I was in the winning Avenues A team. Donna’s, Darryl’s and my parents all still live in the village as did I until crossing the border into Norfolk.”

And Jen Godfrey emailed Flashback after recognising faces in the June 1982 Bury Carnival procession.

She said: “These are the children of Bury St Edmunds Ladies Circle - members were wives of The Round Table who organised the carnival for many years. The theme of 101 Dalmations was my idea. Several other ladies helped and all the outfits were made by the mums.”

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