Flashback: Sharing memories from days gone by

The last hangar dance which took place at RAF Bentwaters in February 1993

The last hangar dance which took place at RAF Bentwaters in February 1993

THIS week readers have been sharing their memories of Flashback photos including thatchers at work and the last hanger dance at Bentwaters.

Re: Bentwaters Hangar Dance (February 18)

I AM Joe Hurren’s wife. The photo in your pages was indeed the last Hangar Dance at Bentwaters.

I have looked up and, I am sure I am right, he had a huge collection for gramophones and old bikes, also oil lamps and we went to various occasions for charity.

I am very sorry to say Joe died two and half years ago after a long illness. We were married for 63 years so it was so nice to see him in your paper.

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We were mayor and mayoress for six years at Southwold. Three terms at each time. He served in the RAF in the war and I was in St John Ambulance


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IT is my friend Annabel (blonde one) and I in that photo at the last Hangar Dance at Bentwaters – one of many evenings we enjoyed there over the years.

Having worked there for some years right up until closing day it was a bittersweet evening, but doing the jitterbug as we are here in this picture was great fun.

I would be interested to hear if you had any other responses to that picture.

The original picture is still hanging in my house all these years later.



Re: Careers exhibition (Flashback, February 25)

WITH reference to the photo (EADT, February 25) I know the two girls very well.

The one with the scarf is/was Nicola Morgan who is now Nicola Winstanley and the other is Melanie Davies (not sure what her married name is).

Nicola lives in Brixham, Devon and is an officer in the Royal Navy Reserves having been a WREN for many years. She is now based at HMS Dartmouth and has three children. Melanie is married and lives in Wales.

I have been in Guiding for over 40 years and Nicola and Melanie were in my Ranger Guide Unit which I ran in Haverhill. Ranger Guides are the older members of the Guide movement aged between 14 and 25. We have reunion camps every year in Suffolk and they both still attend.



Re: Ingham School’s pet service (January 28)

A VERY belated response to the above picture and the kind remarks about me made by Mrs Johnson in the January 28 edition of your paper.

I have been trying to identify the children who are in the picture with their pets. Two are Kevin Rutterford, whose mother was the much-loved school secretary, and Paul Hetschkum, whose family lived at Culford Heath. I’m afraid we can’t recall the name of the third child; can anyone out there help us?

Ingham School had as its headteacher Ken Seeley, who was a wonderful example of a village school teacher and a great role model to the children. He tragically died very young of cancer. The other teachers were Betty Lakin and Joan Puckey. It was a very happy and good school, sadly closed, with so many other small schools, in the 1990s.

I was Curate of Sudbury from 1959 to 1965 when I became Diocesan Youth Chaplain. I moved to Ingham in 1974 and while I was there I was given the vision from God that led to the establishment of St Nicholas Hospice of which I am still a trustee and president.


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Re: Planting saplings in Middleton (Flashback, February 18)

THE picture shows, from left to right: Peter Brown, Mike Marshall, John Marshall (planting), Marianne Brown, Terry Rushbrook and Peter Norton.

The Middleton Parish Council acquired about 100 Christmas tree saplings from Mike Marshall, our Countryside Warden, and the villagers planted them in the unconsecrated burial ground, to raise funds, in future years, for the parish.

It proved very successful, and they were harvested, as they matured over the next few years.

Peter Norton,


Re: Imperial Service Award, RAF Wattisham 1977 (EADT, February 11)

REFERENCE East Anglian Times of Monday, February 11.

This paper contains a black and white photograph of a couple receiving an Imperial Service Award at RAF Wattisham Suffolk in February 1977.

The award was being presented to David Robertson (Jock), by the then Regional Works Officer for 25 years service with the Property Services Agency as a stoker.



Re: Thatchers at Walberswick (February 15)

THE man who is tying up the reeds is Cyril Rackham of Bramfield, and the man driving the Allen Scythe is Cyril’s son. I don’t know the man with the fork.

My brother Raymond Thirkettle converted the Allen Scythe to carry the reeds in a bunch and also made a pair of cage wheels to stop it from sinking into the mud.

Sadly Cyril and Ray are no longer with us.



Re: 50 year Co-op retirement (February 11)

RE the photo of Co-op staff 50-year retirement in 1978 (Flashback February 11).

Mr Edgar Calthorpe at the back was the fishman in the shop in Bury Street where Hart’s Home Brew is now. The other man, not sure of his name, used to deliver groceries to our home in Hillside in the 1940s and 1950s. Happy memories of taking one shilling to Edgar on my way home from school for a piece of wet fish for my Dad who was on a diet of steamed fish at that time.

I enjoy the old pictures you print each week and others.

RITA GIBBONS (nee Mayhew),


Re: Framlingham football team (Flashback, February 25)

THE photo featured in East Anglian Daily Times (February 25) is of my husband Colin Woolnough.

Colin is first on the right in the back row. Other members from right to left are: third from right is Keith Whatling, next to Keith is Clive Woolnough, my husband’s twin brother. Far left is Dick Jaggord. The man bending in front is Dudley Page who was the goalkeeper.



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