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EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - Kim Aitken Nor­wich

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De­spite be­ing Nor­folk born and bred, work has taken us to sev­eral coun­ties and twice to Lon­don, over 41 years of mar­riage. In Septem­ber we re­turned to live in Nor­wich and have been blown away by the friend­li­ness, kind­ness and cour­tesy of peo­ple in both the city and county.

Re­tail­ers make time for you in both chain stores and vil­lage shops, peo­ple chat as you queue at the check­out or wait to cross the road and new neigh­bours have been wel­com­ing, but not over­bear­ing, and even lent us garage space in which to store re­moval boxes. Our home­com­ing has been a de­light!

The ic­ing on Nor­folk’s glo­ri­ous ‘wel­come back’ has to be from a man in a garage. It was just be­fore we fi­nally moved in and af­ter a long day mea­sur­ing and clean­ing our new home we stopped for petrol be­fore the weary, late drive back to Lon­don. When I went to pay, I wanted to buy a take-out cof­fee and tea for the jour­ney.

Sadly the ma­chine didn’t do tea. How­ever my mys­tery knight of the fill­ing sta­tion said: “I’ve got some tea bags and milk. I can make you one out the back.” De­spite my protes­ta­tions, that’s ex­actly what he did, pro­duc­ing the most wel­come cup ever – and then re­fused to let me pay for it!

Long live Nor­folk folk who go the ex­tra mile with a smile – as he did!

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