IT HAPPENED THEN
News from November 1978
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.