Reading about the discovery of human remains on the site of the new Wetherspoon’s development in Gorleston High Street reminded me of an incident when I was a pupil at Cliff Park Secondary Modern School in the 1960s.
Seventy-five years ago, St Nicholas’ Church was gutted by incendiary bombs. This important event, on Sunday, June 25, 1942, is being commemorated by the Minster Preservation Trust with a series of events based on a 1940’s theme.
On April 19 I attended a funeral at the crematorium and unfortunately I lost my watch. I reported it to the reception and on the next day I have a phone call from the office to say they had found it in the waiting room.
As an old time bobby who was proud to be seen on the streets in uniform, may I add to the very apt comments of Mike Spragg in last week’s Mercury detailing the inordinate delay in getting the Breydon Bridge reopened after a vehicular collision.
Regarding the ongoing uncertainty of the Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth and the activities currently under threat, has any thought been given to the current large piece of land on Yarmouth Road at Caister, adjacent to the stadium, until 2015 used as the heliport.
Further to the recent correspondence on Norfolk place names, I refer to articles by Prof Trudgill on the pronunciation of Sprowston. In his item May 19, 2014 he quotes 949 of the boys out of 950 at the City of Norwich School in the 1950s as pronouncing the first syllable of Sprowston to rhyme with ‘now’.