Flashback: Re-awakening memories of years gone by

FLASHBACK followers have written in to share their memories after seeing old photos published in the East Anglian Daily Times.

Flashback - Bacton Church Festival

PEOPLE in picture: Francis Franks (small boy), Rev James Mair, Mrs Jeffries, Philip Jeffries (on ladder).


4 North Close,


Flashback photo April 25 - Drinkstone Craft Centre 1974

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WE started the Drinkstone Craft Centre in 1974 with Ron and Margaret Barber. It was the brainchild of my husband Noel and the idea was for people to come and see craftsmen at work.

The Craft Centre opened at Easter in 1974 and the potter in the picture is Alan Ashley who, along with others, came to demonstrate their craft at weekends.

It was a family concern and our daughters worked with us. They were happy years.

Because of Ron’s ill health the Craft Centre closed in 1978.


Heath Road,


Flashback photo April 21

IN the 1960s there were many rapid advances in the chemical control of weeds on farmland. Many people were knowledgeable about plants but it was realised it was necessary for farmers to be able to identify weeds in their early growth stages as they often appear very different from the adult plant.

The photograph was taken during a weed recognition course. The tutors were Philip Peacock, who is kneeling in the foreground and Stuart Cairns who is standing behind him with his hands clasped. I was an assistant on the course. Unfortunately I cannot now remember the names of the attendees.



Flashback photo April 19

YOUR Flashback photograph in today’s paper features Jonathan Peel, then Vice-chairman of the National Trust which owns Dunwich Heath.

Sadly I do not recognise the lady with the flowers. Might she have been the then Environment Minister?




Flashback photo April 9 - Handbell Ringers, Beyton

I RECOGNISE one of the handbell ringers in Beyton in April 1983 (EADT April 9).

The one on the right with the moustache is the late Mr Herbet Ramsey of Helions Bumpstead.



Flashback photo April 18 - Ladies ringing at Grundisburgh

REGARDING the photograph in the EADT on April 18 of the lady bellringers at Grundisburgh, it was a peal of 5,056 changes, two hours 54 minutes of Plain Bob Major rung for the Ladies Guild. It was rung on April 3 1971 and conducted by Sylvia Pipe.

The ringers left to right are Winifred Lockwood, Joan Muxlow, Sylvia Pipe, Muriel Page, Patricia Clarke, Dorothy Feaver, Katherine Thorley. Ruth Last was in the peal but left before the photograph was taken.




IT’S a wonderful contribution you make through your archival photos of yesteryear; they add so much to the EADT.

The Grundisburgh ringers in the paper on April 18 were – left to right: Winifred Lockwood (Hintlesham), Joan Muxlow (Stowmarket), Sylvia Pipe – my mother (Grundisburgh), Muriel Page - nee Pipe (Stonham Aspal), Patricia Bailey – nee Clarke (Rushmere St Andrew & Beccles, Dorothy Feaver – nee Durrant (Bury St Edmunds) and Katherine Thorley (Laxfield & Yorkshire). All members of the Ladies Guild.


Lansdowne Road,


THE picture was taken in the week after the peal in the belfry at Grundisburgh. One mem-ber of the band could not make the press photo hence only seven ringers.

The ladies are left to right: Winnie Lockwood, Joan Muxlow, Sylvia Pipe, Muriel Page nee Pipe, Patricia M Bailey nee Clarke (died 10/04/2012), not sure, Katharine Thorley.

The peal details are: Ladies Guild (Eastern District), Grundisburgh, Suffolk St Mary the Virgin, Saturday, April 3 1971 in two hours 54 minutes (8cwt), 5056 Plain Bob Major, J R Pritchard. 1 Muriel R Pipe, 2 Patricia M Clarke, 3 Katharine M Thorley, 4 M Joan Muxlow, 5 Sylvia R E Pipe (Conductor), 6 Dorothy M Feaver, 7 Ruth Last, 8 Winifred Lockwood.



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