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