All Our Yesterdays: December days in Downham Market, Gaywood, Hunstanton, King’s Lynn, Sandringham and Shouldham
In our weekly All Our Yesterdays feature, we look back through the December pages of the Lynn News in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010...
2008: Staff at Woolworths stores across the region were facing a bleak new year after a devastating closure programme of Woolworths stores. In Lynn town centre, the New Conduit Street store was to close its doors on December 27, leaving 40 staff facing the prospect of redundancy, and their colleagues at Hunstanton and Swaffham would suffer the same fate in the following weeks.
2008: Meet the winners of the ‘Take the Lynn News on Holiday’ snapshot competition. The judges had a hard task looking through more than 70 photographs – taken from places diverse as Hunstanton and even West Bengal – and there was a feminine sense of fun, noticeable among the winners. Pictured from left are Terry and Linda Thomas, Dave and Janice Curtis, Lynn News editor Malcolm Powell, Lorna Newell, Rose Smith, Liz Carter, Hazel Hodgson and Susan Sexton.
2010: There were smiles and a few tears as members of Gaywood Old Time Modern Sequence Dance Club hung up their dancing shoes for the last time. The club came to a close after 35 years of foxtrotting, waltzing and quickstepping when these members joined for a final promenade at Gaywood Community Centre.
2006: A dress rehearsal for Downham’s Tap ‘N’ Tone dancers, preparing for their festive production of Around the World in 80 Minutes which was staged at the Methodist Church Hall.
2000: Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to work they go for Snow White and her seven dwarfs as they prepare for King’s Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society’s traditional pantomime fun. Back row, Emily Penman, Sarah Mawby, Chris Webb and Gail Robertson; second row, Tessa Massingham as Snow White, Amy Power and Ashton Marshall; front, Kristie Marshall.
2004: Enjoying a traditional Christmas, Princess Beatrice helps Samuel and Arthur, the sons of Princess Margaret’s daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto, gather floral tributes for The Queen from local children after the Royal Family’s Christmas Day service at Sandringham church.
2004: Lynn Breast Cancer Group said a fond “Bon Voyage” to their leader Chris Kerrigan (right) who was emigrating to New Zealand after nearly ten years in the role. She was also the Network organiser for the area’s Breast Cancer Care. Presenting a special retirement cake to Mrs Kerrigan is the new organiser, Jasmine Fulcher.
2004: In true “break a leg” tradition, 10-year-old Greg Mitchell was determined the show should go on at Shouldham school’s panto production of Hoodwink, the story of Robin Hood, even though he was on crutches after damaging his ankle playing football. He acted and sang his way through three performances of the show. Also pictured, from left, are Kaylee Dey (Maid Marian), Oliver Wade (Sheriff of Nottingham) and Michael Mair (Omar Sheriff).
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