His­tor­i­cal high­lights of Oc­to­ber

High­lights from the month of Oc­to­ber 1968

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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.

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