BRINY BECKONS: trippers on the United Service prepare for a jaunt down-river and out to sea.
Picture: PAUL GODFREY

The pleasure of taking trips out to sea

IT would be easy for the layman to jump to the conclusion that the world’s oceans are littered with adventurous spirits engaged in hazardous round-the-world challenges or lesser but equally risky voyages, either on some millionaire’s mighty crewed yacht built for purpose, or single-handed in an old-fashioned galvanised bath tub, or anything in between.

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GALAXY OF STARS! They came from summer shows in the town to rehearse for the 1964 Midnight Matinee on the Britannia Pier. Among the pictured line-up are the Wellington's Morecambe and Wise, perhaps with guitarist Bert Weedon behind Ernie; from the Britannia Pier, songstress Eve Boswell (in front of headlining singer David Whitfield), Des O'Connor and Jack Douglas (top left) who, in 1964, was a supporting act but returned as a star in 1969 and 1971 to bill-top in farces at the Windmill; Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang (front); and possibly Audrey Jeans behind Eric Morecambe.  Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY

Swinging Sixties brought feel-good factor and major change to Great Yarmouth

IT seems like only yesterday... but it wasn’t. In fact, it was a half-century ago, in 1964. when national prosperity was reflected in booming business in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, the borough enjoying not only the launch of the vast North Sea offshore industry but also a super summer holiday season, aided by a myriad of showbiz stars spending weeks in our shows.

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David Cooke and his collection of Dinky Toys and buses. Photo: Bill Smith

Every small boy’s new car dream!

WE all clearly remember our first car, I am sure. The excitement that had built up after a long wait was understandable, and we were eager to show it off to friends. It was a moment of one-upmanship…or, in my case, two-upmanship!

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RENEGADE: the shop in Englands Lane where Louis Durrant stubbornly refused to acknowledge the new monetary system.
Picture: MERCURY LIBRARY

How pennies and pounds added up in the past

Penny for your thoughts? That question/offer was often heard in the earlier part of my life, although I doubt that many folk were persuaded to reveal their thoughts even though a penny would have bought much more then than it would today.

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