March 8 2014 Latest news:
Last week, in extracts from his autobiography, the late William Parsons recalled his childhood in Cobholm in the 1920s. Today he concludes with memories of his working life.
Always smartly dressed, William Parsons habitually wore a trademark trilby squarely upon his head. After a variety of jobs, he became deputy head porter at Great Yarmouth General Hospital where he was popularly known as Uncle Bill. An unassuming “ordinary” man, he did much for others and society. On retirement, he sipped coffee in Palmers before walking to Church Plain where he would sit, holding court with old friends. He died in 2005, aged 90. Today begins the two-part autobiography of Bill Parsons whose daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Michael Harvey, live in Park Road, Gorleston.
OUR borough has embraced a mayoralty for more than three centuries, but I doubt that any mayor other than John Beckett ever felt impelled to accuse some citizens of Great Yarmouth and Gorleston of behaving like saboteurs.
LONG ago a radio quiz programme opened with a voice stating an obscure fact, to which the response was always a surprised: “Well! What D’You Know!” My reaction was similar when informed about a road in Great Yarmouth that had never come to my attention.