Flashback: Our readers have contacted us with memories of Suffolk foxhounds and pantomimes

Exercising Hounds on bicycle in Layham November 1967

Exercising Hounds on bicycle in Layham November 1967

More events featured in photographs have been remembered by our readers

Re: Colchester United Models of Players

With reference to the picture in the EADT, January 3 to commerate Colchester United defeating Leeds, February 13, 1977. I carved a small model of each player who played in that memorable match, presenting the players with their models at Layer Road, as shown in the picture.

Players shown, left to right, are: Brian Gibbs, Dave Simmons, Bobby Cram, Brian Hall, John Gilcrist, Brian Garvey, Brian Owen and Mickey Malon.

I wonder if any of the models are still with us, or maybe woodworm has struck.

Bob Rowland,

Newton Green.

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Re: Essex & Suffolk Foxhounds

On January 6 you showed a photograph of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds being exercised by two hunt staff riding bicycles.

In the lead is the huntsman Eric Waldron and bringing up the rear is whipper-in Jock McClellan. Jock was a lovely man who subsequently became kennel-huntsman to the Sproughton Foot Beagles.

My cousin Pamela Paul, known as Bela, was a Master of the beagles for many years and rated Jock very highly.

She also remained great friends with Mrs Jock until her death.

George Paul, Wherstead.

With regard to the photo - Hounds in exercise

In front is the late Eric Waldron, who had first joined the Essex & Suffolk Hunt as huntsman.

At the back is whipper-in, the late Jock McClellan, who later went on to become kennel-huntsman to the old Sproughton Foot Beagles.

This photo, I suspect, was taken when all hunting was stopped due to the foot and mouth disease of that year.

Hunting did not restart until the February of the following year.

Mr S J Gimsey, Hadleigh.

Re: Hadleigh Fur & Feather

The three judges in the picture are, from left to right, Brian Coulson from Eye, Billy Cooke from Wormingford and Ted Woolley from Barking (Essex). The best bird in show was a Blue English Long Faced Tumbler which is being held by Mr Woolley.

Kevin Sparkes,


I refer to the photograph of the judges at the Hadleigh Fur and Feather Show in November 1975. The man on the left of your picture is Brian Coulson, in the middle is my late father-in-Law Billy Cooke. Sadly I do not recognise the gentleman on the right. Brian is holding a Norwich Cropper which was owned by myself.

Carol Cooke,

By email.

Re: Making Corn Dollies, Monks Eleigh in 1988

What a surprise to see my sister Win looking so young and her then husband Roy with their corn dollies in Monks Eleigh in 1988. At that time they were running a cottage industry employing many people to weave the dollies which they sold both in their shop at Corncraft and wholesale to many retail outlets including Harrods. Since then they have diversified their business converting a large barn into a craft shop and restaurant which is the only place where you may buy their corn dollies.

Phil Carruthers, By email.

Re: St Audrys Pantomime in 1970

My wife, Angela (nee Wood) to the right of photo, was surprised and delighted to see the picture.

St Audry’s staff held a pantomime for the patients, and this one was Cinderella. Others in photo from left to right are: Penny Bull, David ? Maureen ? and Angela.

Dr Michael F M Bamford,

Bentley, Ipswich.

Re: Queens Guide Badges

I can name the three girls receiving their Queens Guide badges pictured in the EADT on January 7.

On the left is my daughter, Jennifer Clary, on the right is Mary Lilley and centre is Deborah Vincent.

At the time I was a Brownie leader with Rowena Lilley, Maureen Payne and Marjorie Culham. The Guide leaders were Pat Frost and Thelma Miller.

The Ranger leader was Jean Ainger.

We celebrated the occasion in the Ogilvie Hall where the badges were presented by Mrs Elspeth Menasah.

Sylvia Clary,

Clacton on Sea.

The three girls were receiving their Queens Guide Awards. Left, Susan Clary, right, Mary Lilley, and centre, my daughter Deborah Vincent (now Deborah Mullins). Deborah now lives at Dillymore Kennels, Capel St Mary running a small Greyhound kennels.

Rosalind Vincent,

Lawford, Manningtree.

Re: Highfield Timber 60th Anniversary

Regarding the picture in the Flashback section of the EADT on Tuesday, January 7.

I recognise a number of the people in the photo, myself being one of them.

The front five individuals are, from the left, Ben Marden (sales director) Tony Highfield (MD) William Highfield (founder and chairman) Derrick Highfield (director) and myself Peter Bellinger (general manager).

A few of the other people are, from the left side, Ian Henderson, Dennis Albone, Eddie Wright, Bob King, George Smith, Ken Whitely, Derek Lawless, Chris Booty, Eric Willshire, Peter White, David Jelbart, Eamon Kearns, Bob Hammond and Philip West.

Unfortunately a few of the individuals are no longer with us but most are and still keep in touch, along with others that are not included in this particular photo.

Peter Bellinger,

By email.