Permanent reminder of Suffolk writer Adrian Bell unveiled in Beccles

Members of the Adrian Bell society with the new sign that has been placed inside Beccles Public Hall

Members of the Adrian Bell society with the new sign that has been placed inside Beccles Public Hall to mark the organisations that have helepd the Public Hall. Bridget Patrick, John Ellwood and Brian Patrick. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

For decades much-loved Suffolk writer Adrian Bell enthused readers with his tales from the country, and he now has a permanent reminder in the town where he lived.

Corduroy, by Adrian Bell. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Corduroy, by Adrian Bell. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Mr Bell, a journalist and novelist, came to Suffolk from London in 1920, and after time as a farmer he lived in various parts of the county until he died in September 1980.

In this time he wrote 25 books, most of which were based on his life and work in Suffolk, centring on the country and farming – with his Countryman’s Notebook a feature of the Eastern Daily Press for 30 years.

The Adrian Bell Society was set up in September 1996 to keep his memory alive and encourage a wider interest and appreciation of his works – it is therefore celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

The society holds at least two meetings each year, publishes journals and organises various events and talks. And marking the milestone, they have been included – along with other businesses, organisations and supporters – on a ‘wall of fame’ at Beccles Public Hall.

Library pic of Adrian Bell. Holton woman Ann Gander now wants to restore the chair.; Picture: Bill D

Library pic of Adrian Bell. Holton woman Ann Gander now wants to restore the chair.; Picture: Bill Darnell; Copy: Mike Sherburn; For : EDP; © EDPpics 2004 Tel: (01603) 772434 - Credit: © EDP pics 2004


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Describing his works, society member Brian Patrick said: “He could draw a picture in words.”

Fellow member John Ellwood added it was great to have “a permanent reminder in the Public Hall,” during their 20th anniversary year. “He was a very interesting man to talk to, he had time for everyone,” Mr Ellwood said.

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