Ar­chive pic­tures and sto­ries

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A life­time on the lines

A pho­to­graph in the Oc­to­ber is­sue’s Mem­ory Lane prompted a call from Let’s Talk reader Moya Church. It showed her dear late fa­ther Ed­ward Pa­trick Hayes, with a clock that he was given to mark his long ser­vice on the rail­ways. The cap­tion men­tioned Harry Blanch­flower whose long ser­vice was also be­ing recog­nised that day, but Moya con­tacted us to say that it was Ed­ward in the photo - and she has the very clock on her side­board to this day.

“It has the West­min­ster chime and it still chimes,” she says. “Vis­i­tors al­ways re­mark on it.”

The clock is a trea­sured pos­ses­sion be­cause is bears a plaque in hon­our of her fa­ther, who drove the trains from Cromer to Nor­wich in­clud­ing in the days of steam.

Although born in Lon­don, Ed­ward moved to Cromer in the 1920s and set­tled there for the rest of his life, mar­ry­ing wife Blanche and hav­ing 10 chil­dren. The fam­ily used to live in the rail­way cot­tages. Moya, who is the youngest of those chil­dren, lives at North Wal­sham to­day and hopes that some of the Let’s Talk read­ers will re­mem­ber her fa­ther from his long days with the rail­way.

Did you spot him?

A photo in the Oc­to­ber se­lec­tion of Mem­ory Lane pic­tures con­tained a fa­mil­iar face - our motoring and en­ter­tain­ment nos­tal­gia writer David Clay­ton! He is in the pic­ture from 1968, of a group of young men with a model rac­ing car cir­cuit at the Shrub­lands Cen­tre in Gor­leston.

“It’s from the Gor­leston Green Bees Slot Car Rac­ing Club (a sort of grown up Scalex­tric),” says David. “I’m half sub­merged in the mid­dle of the track in the dis­tance. Also in the pic­ture are fel­low slot car rac­ers and Great Yar­mouth Gram­mar School lads, Martin Getliffe, Philip Tal­bot and An­drew Powles. The track was built in one of the out­build­ings of the Shrub­lands Youth Cen­tre in Gor­leston. We all helped build it then held race meet­ings invit­ing other Slot Car Rac­ing Clubs along.”


We are de­lighted to hear from read­ers who have spot­ted them­selves, friends and loved ones or fa­mil­iar places and events in the pho­to­graphs we pub­lish in our Mem­ory Lane pages each month. So please write to us and let us know if you recog­nise any­one in this month’s se­lec­tion of pho­tos from our archives.

Write to: Let’s Talk, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Nor­wich, Nor­folk NR1 1RE, or email let­stalk@ar­

DANC­ING THE NIGHT AWAY: A group of play­ers and sup­port­ers of the Sports­mans Foot­ball Club in Sher­ing­ham spent 24 hours on the dance floor at the Hol­way Road club in Novem­ber 1983 in a marathon spon­sored disco to raise £300 for the Sun­day foot­ball team. Tak­ing part in the event were Paul Robin­son, Kevin Robin­son, Sarah Cox, Julie Pig­ott, Clif­ford Far­row, Myra Vanzino, Colleen Vanzino, Michael Vanzino and Carol Jor­dan. Photo: 107015-11a.

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