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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.
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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.