News from Novem­ber 1978

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The Na­tional Coal Board re­vealed it was to search for coal in north-east Nor­folk, ex­plor­ing a 4,000ft deep bore­hole in the Gim­ing­ham-Trim­ing­ham area near Mun­des­ley. The NCB set it­self a 170 mil­lion tons of coal pro­duc­tion tar­get in its Plan 2000, but chief ex­plo­ration en­gi­neer Keith Shaw said it was pos­si­ble the lo­cal search would be fruit­less, adding: “If we don’t find any­thing it’s the last you will see of us in Nor­folk”.

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh brought out the smiles when he met a crowd of em­ploy­ees at Anglia Can­ners’ fac­tory in King’s Lynn. Prince Philip also toured Camp­bells Soups’ fac­tory where he had lunch with al­most the en­tire staff in their can­teen, and went to Anglia Frozen Foods where he was given packs of San­dring­ham-grown pro­duce.

Pound-a-gal­lon petrol could be­come a re­al­ity, warned ex­perts, as oil-pro­duc­ing Arab coun­tries re­acted to an­other fall in the dol­lar.

Mario An­dretti, the world cham­pion rac­ing driver, got a cham­pion’s wel­come from a large crowd at Chapelfield Gar­dens in Nor­wich who had gath­ered to pay trib­ute to the ace driver and the Lo­tus rac­ing team.

Fire­fight­ers from around Nor­folk bat­tled to con­trol a blaze which wrecked Hovells Basket Shop in Nor­wich’s Bed­ford Street, which opened in 1864 and was one of the most pic­turesque and pop­u­lar shops in the city.

But the own­ers and staff vowed to re­open it to the pub­lic within days.

Pupils from Ben­jamin Brit­ten School in Low­est­oft helped to ren­o­vate an old pump mill at St Olaves, in a project with the Friends of Nor­folk Wind­mills.

Jobs looked set to go as CWS can­ning fac­tory in Low­est­oft re­vealed it was un­der threat of clo­sure dur­ing a dis­pute with elec­tri­cians. One thou­sand peo­ple were em­ployed at the site.

A 16th Cen­tury Suf­folk barn threat­ened with de­mo­li­tion for the Ip­swich by­pass was de­mol­ished and re­built over 100 miles away in Sur­rey by two Diss broth­ers, James and Tom Web­ster. Over six months, us­ing lo­cal labour, they dis­man­tled the Grade Two listed build­ing into 5,000 bricks and 400 tim­bers which were trans­ported to a site near Guild­ford and re­built in iden­ti­cal form.

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh chat­ting to em­ploy­ees at Anglia Can­ners in King’s Lynn.

Keith Shaw, Nor­folk chief ex­plo­ration en­gi­neer, at the press con­fer­ence where it was an­nounced that the Na­tional Coal Board would be look­ing for coal in the county.

The CWS can­ning fac­tory at Low­est­oft, where staff were threat­ened with re­dun­dancy in Novem­ber 1978.

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