The oral history project got off to a brilliant start with an interview with Maureen Grey by Ralph Childs, assisted by Malcolm Wooldridge. The interview took place in the bar of The Queen's Head before lunchtime opening, thanks to a very kind offer from Dawn when we were looking for a quiet place to sit and record.
L-R: Maureen, Malcolm and Ralph in The Queen's Head
Maureen has lived in the village all her life and is a mine of information. We heard her very early memories of the village during World War II, being a pupil at the village school, and the 1953 floods, as well as her father's memories of the airfield based in the parish during World War I. She also told us how as a child she found numerous horses teeth on the Fort site - intriguing!
Ralph asked most of the questions, but also recorded a piece about his memories of the Good Friday walk from Great Yarmouth to Burgh Castle which used to take place when he was a lad. We still don't know the origins of this annual outing and would love to know more about it - do you have any information?
These recordings, and others we hope to collect over the coming weeks, will be kept at the Time & Tide archive for posterity. If you have some memories to share and would like to come and chat about them in the comfort of The Queen's Head bar, please let me know.