Let's Talk - - CONTENTS - Angi Kennedy

An in­tro­duc­tion to Let’s Talk

Wel­come to the March is­sue and my first in the ed­i­tor’s chair, fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of the great Neil Haver­son.

I’m so hon­oured to take on the role of bring­ing this much-loved mag­a­zine to you each month, with my co-ed­i­tor Terry Red­head, our ad­ver­tis­ing col­league Jane Duck­ett and de­signer Jen­nifer New­man. It’s a small but, we’d like to think, per­fectly-formed team!

Dur­ing the past month, since Neil handed over the ba­ton, it’s been great meet­ing up with our tal­ented writ­ers Rachel Ban­ham and Derek James, and our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors as well as hear­ing from some of our lovely read­ers. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to hear­ing more of your news, views and sto­ries.

I know that many of you have fol­lowed Neil’s life for years through his won­der­ful col­umns - and don’t de­spair, we’ve con­vinced him to con­tinue his Last Word col­umn for us here in his re­tire­ment. I won’t trou­ble you with the de­tails of my own story, but a quick pot­ted his­tory is I’m the daugh­ter of a Nor­folk mother and Suf­folk fa­ther, I’m in my 50s, mar­ried to Ian, have two chil­dren and live in east Nor­folk. I’ve been a jour­nal­ist for 32 years, 27 of them here at Archant, pub­lish­ers of this mag­a­zine. And be­fore mov­ing across to Let’s Talk (three whole desks along our of­fice) I was ed­i­tor of EDP Nor­folk mag­a­zine for seven years.

Dur­ing my time on the East­ern Daily Press, one of my favourite jobs was writ­ing ar­chive pic­ture fea­tures. So, now hav­ing the chance now to put to­gether the won­der­ful Mem­ory Lane pages for Let’s Talk is such a thrill for me. We have mil­lions of neg­a­tives in our photo archives, stretching back through the decades. I love match­ing these to the sto­ries in the orig­i­nal news­pa­pers. I think I’m go­ing to have to dis­ci­pline my­self not to be too dis­tracted . . . it’s so easy to spend hours read­ing through the old pa­pers (I stum­bled across my own birth no­tice when I was look­ing up the first of the Mem­ory Lane pic­tures!)

Some­times, de­spite all our ef­forts, we can­not iden­tify much about the pho­tos - and that’s so of­ten when our read­ers step in to help. We hope you’ll also be able to fill in the gaps when we bring some of our mys­tery pic­tures to the bril­liant new ex­hi­bi­tion Who Do You Think They Are? at The Fo­rum in Nor­wich.

Read about it in this month’s mag and bring along your own pho­tos too. We hope to see you there.

The sto­ries be­hind the pho­tos fas­ci­nate us

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