Historical highlights of October
Highlights from the month of October 1968
An in- depth study into the economic future of East Anglia was released in October 1968. It highlighted areas where the region was faring worse than elsewhere in the country, including an inadequate road system, wage levels being lower, more houses being substandard ( especially in the Fens, rural Norfolk and in East Suffolk) and fewer students staying on in education after the age of 15.
Expansion by Birds Eye meant that the frozen food company was now providing work for 6,000 men and women at Yarmouth and Lowestoft. The business was producing more than 70 different products for the nation’s freezers as well as for the catering trade. Many of the latter – such dishes as duckling a l’orange, sole bonne femme and scampi newberg – were produced at Lowestoft, where a new fishcake building was also under construction. At Yarmouth, a third cold store, fishcake building and sausage production building took the South Denes site to a capacity of five million cubic feet.
Thetford’s new shopping precinct was officially opened, during a visit to the town by civic heads from towns in Germany, Holland and Sweden.
The town of Holt was being converted to North Sea gas – with Sheringham and Cromer to follow suit. A temporary gas plant was installed during the changeover, containing liquid gas from Algeria, to keep the town warm and fed.
A revolutionary £1,100,000 scheme to revitalise one of Norwich’s decaying residential areas was approved by the city council. The Arlington project, between Newmarket Road and Unthank Road, meant slum clearance and improvement of many of the terrace houses as well as building garages and developing children’s play areas.
The Society of Old Pastonians gave a pair of carved griffins, made by P J Freeman Sayer ( himself a pupil at the school) to ‘guard’ the Paston School entrance at North Walsham.
A massive Broads development plan – a yacht complex on Breydon Water totalling £2 million – was to go before Norfolk’s planning authorities. The private enterprise would include a floating holiday town of more than 5,000 people near Yarmouth railway station. It would mean reclaiming up to 1,000 acres of land, creating a series of yacht basins for more than 1,500 boats, and building a helipad.
The £614,000 Rowley Mile redevelopment scheme at Newmarket Racecourse was completed in time for the first October race meeting.
Horses racing on the Newmarket Rowley Mile Course, which was in the news this month in 1968.
The expansive Birds Eye cold store on South Quay, Yarmouth, in 1968.