Flashback: Readers tell us their memories

HAVING spotted pictures in our Flashback section, readers have written in with their memories of the days these photos were taken.

White Hart Inn

THE man at the bar was an absolute lovely gentleman, simply just a great person. His name was John, I think it was Haig. I know it was the name of a whisky. He was quite a big man, area divisional manager etc for a big whisky company. He always attended these evenings on behalf of his company and donated.

He attended one of mine down the road at the Albert and had George Burley, Ipswich player then, break a gallon bottle of dosh for the blind guide dogs. The dog was there and his man, lovely, lovely night. That’s the sort of thing you did then. I did many at the Hart in my time.

Your paper used to give me space to thank everyone for sponsoring me riding my bike in the 1980s to raise thousands for the British Heart Foundation, then a few years after when I got throat cancer. But you get over it, especially with the customers, or friends, I should say helping me. They used to say I talked so much I got the illness because I’d worn my throat out. Bless ‘em.

In the approximately 13 years I had at the White Hart I had the very best locals in Suffolk. The yanks were there (they were a lot of fun). I had Sizewell boys, well behaved, great lads. Holidaymakers from everywhere, loads of people from abroad etc staying in our lovely B&B - actors, actresses etc.

All the above, all at the same time. I used to open 365 days every year including Christmas evening. About the only pub to do that! It was lovely mad house!

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I was at the time Adnams’ longest serving tenant - 22 years approximately. Not bad for an old Cockney eh!

I do miss Dickie, he was so pleased when I took the pub from him. He supported me and was kind, and fun, all the time. My years were so, so happy in Aldeburgh at the White Hart Inn (the best pub in Suffolk then). Well, you did say tell us more.



IN your photo of the roller-skaters (EADT May 28) I am the one on the left, Chris Whitewick from Leiston.

We were members of the Leiston Roller skating club, and to raise funds we undertook a sponsored skate from Felixstowe skating rink to Leiston Sports Centre, as it was then. Some 30 miles. The photo was taken just outside Leiston, nearing the end. Judging from our expressions we survived rather well; not sure if I could repeat the trip today!



Tattingstone Fete

REGARDING the Flashback photograph in Wednesday’s May 23 edition of the East Anglian. The girl in the middle of the photo is myself Susan (nee Felstead) aged 10. I am here with my friends at a fete held at Tattingstone Place. We were the 1st Stutton Brownies. According to mum I had refused to wear a coat that day!

I knew nothing of this photo’s existence and it has brought back many happy memories of my time in the Brownies.

Thank you for printing such a lovely photo.


Maltings Wharf,


Bacton School 1953

I REFER to the photograph sent in by Mr Ken Miles of Wyverstone and published May 21.

The photo was taken at the Bacton Flower Show in approximately 1958 of pupils of Bacton School and their exhibits of vegetables from the subsoil garden. The pupils in the photograph are - from left to right - Stanley Rice, Roger Hails, Jane Haggar, Ken Miles, Graham Tapp, the boy kneeling is Micky Sheldrake.

The Bacton Flower Show was a major event during the 1950s with people travelling many miles - most of them by bicycle - to see the fruit, vegetables and flowers and to watch the sports including the mile race and tossing the sheaf.



Nayland Church Fete

HOW fashions change! I am the man in the flashy shirt with glasses in the centre. You should see it in full colour!

Nayland Church fete on the playing field continues to be a highlight in the village year and, as can be seen, is well attended by enthusiastic readers. No e-books in those days. There are a variety of stalls with people lining up money poised to purchase plants, cakes, bric-a-brac etc. as soon as the starting bell goes. A valuable contribution is made to St James Church Funds from the proceeds.


Honey Tye,


Stowmarket Canival Princess

How wonderful to see a picture of me and my friends on the night we were selected to be Stowmarket Carnival Princess and attendants. The photograph was taken in the spring of 1976 at the United Reformed Church Hall. My best friend Deborah Soanes, in the middle, was chosen to be the Princess after telling a funny story about clearing up horse manure. I’m on the left, wearing the new blouse bought especially for the occasion. I can’t remember the name of the girl on the right, I think like me she was a pupil at Combs Middle School. We had a fantastic “reign” that hot summer. We wore matching long dresses from the Co-op in Stowmarket, we opened the swimming gala at the old town pool at Combs Ford, and sat on a flower covered float in the Carnival parade.


Webbs Terrace,


Nayland Handbell Ringers (correction letter sent)

THANK you for re-publishing this picture under cover of my earlier email to you (see page 20 in April 16 issue of the EADT).

I have since been advised by a Mrs Daphne Fayers from Lavenham that this is a photo of the Lavenham Handbell Ringers who were led by their local policeman. Clive Curtis.


Harpers Estate,


Florence Nightingale Service

The photograph of the Florence Nightingale service at St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge.

I was fortunate to take part in this service which, I think, was an annual event.

The lady holding the lamp is Miss Molly Mauder - our senior tutor at Ipswich Hospital. The gentleman wearing the chain of office is Mr Walter Little who was chairman of the town Council.


Bury St Edmunds.

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