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For decades they were a popular feature of the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston river scene.

Royal Navy

It was the day the Sunshine faded from the lives of many folk in the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston area, and far beyond.

Ford

Executed by firing squad at dawn. Incarcerated long-term in prison as a traitor. Lynched by an enraged mob, some of whom were once friends and neighbours.

king street

It’s bright and breezy and it’s the official song recorded as “the official song of Great Yarmouth as authorised by the corporation.”

United Kingdom

It was school half-term, October 27, 1964 – and a US Air Force F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter plunged into Gorleston’s riverbank, bursting into flames.

Sailor Brown Way? Don Burnett Drive? Dick Campling Road? Eric Kirk Avenue? Sammy Morgan Grove?

Trevor Nicholls

The embers are still smouldering on the Britannia Pier and at Palgrave Brown’s Southtown Road timber yard, figuratively speaking, after a recent column recalled that militant suffragettes allegedly claimed responsibility for the huge 1913 and 1914 blazes there.

Southtown

As the British flat racing season traditionally begins this month, it is an opportune time to saddle up and canter back to 1964 when the Great Yarmouth course featured prominently in a cinema film being shot here.

Sumer Is Icumen In, according to a 13th century ditty more commonly rendered as “summer is a-coming in”. So we will soon be enjoying summer’s delights, the only downside for me being mowing the lawn!

Scotland

When the stars come out, so do the crowds.

Idle curiosity? A passing thought? Difference of opinion requiring to be settled?

REGENT STREET

Nowadays, a tabloid newspaper’s eye-catching front page headline would scream something like: “Flamin’ Women!”

Long before the scourge of political correctness was foisted on us, we knew it affectionately as “the blind school.”

Rotary Club

Sadly, our hills will never be alive with the sound of music. Why? Because we suffer from the Hill Street blues, having no hill worthy of the name.

Southtown

Attendance at a wide variety of events is routine for provincial journalists but throughout my decades in the profession, I never went to a soirée! Evening gatherings a-plenty, yes, but none had that French word on the invitation.

Most of us have burning questions which usually remain unanswered, provoking frustration when there appear to be no remaining untapped sources of information left.

Norwich

Warning! Do not read this column if you are feeling queasy or otherwise under the weather!

king street

That Scottish burr, perfect enunciation and expert timing were the trademarks of James Alexander Gordon, the BBC radio announcer whose voice on Saturday teatimes was familiar to listeners for decades as they listened to him reading out the classified football results.

BBC

Regular emails keep urging me to buy a new sat-nav because mine is no longer being updated.

Trevor Nicholls

You can almost hear the “knit one, purl one” click-click of knitting needles busying away at some creation, be it elaborate and ambitious or simple and elementary.

Gorleston

Ugh! The squeamish will feel sick just thinking about it.

king street

You can spot it from miles away across the flat-lands of the east Norfolk marshes at this time of the year – white smoke puffing from the chimney at the sugar-beet factory at Cantley, signifying that the so-called season is in full swing.

Trevor Nicholls

Despondency and gloom were pervasive. There was little to be cheerful about, no optimistic bright side.

Germany

One thing leads to another, it is claimed, but in this case the outcome was four others!

ITV

The correspondence columns of a national newspaper recently included letters extolling the benefits of restoring needlework and knitting to school curriculums for both boys and girls.

It could be my imagination, with no basis in fact, but if someone is asked to pick a number, the chances are that it will be an odd one, not even. Limit the choice to a single figure, and my bet is that seven will prove a favourite.

REGENT STREET

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