Tribute to Kenneth Arnott, Hunstanton-based correspondent for the Lynn News
It was with great sadness that his many friends heard that Kenneth Arnott had passed away last month in Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a short illness, aged 95.
Ken was well known in the Hunstanton area as a teacher at Hunstanton Primary School and at Redgate Middle School and was also a Hunstanton correspondent for the Lynn News and EDP for many years.
When Ken was just three years old his father died, leaving his mother to bring up three boys on her own.
Although he was born in Scotland and proud of it, Hunstanton was his adopted home for more than seven decades.
At the age of 10 Ken moved from Edinburgh to Worcestershire, where he became something of a star pupil at his new school.
His first job was as an articled clerk to a firm of chartered accountants in Birmingham. He then spent three years in the Royal Navy serving as a radar operator in the Second World War.
After being demobbed he came across a newspaper article on the Cricket Book Society, which produced booklets for members worldwide, although the society had been established in Hunstanton by the famous cricket statistician Roy Webber.
Ken had never heard of the town, but as a keen amateur cricket statistician he contacted Roy and came to work with him in January 1947.
Roy lived halfway down Chapel Bank, and the office was at 67 Westgate, which prior to the war had been used by the local magistrates. It was here that Ken provided statistical appendices for several cricket tour books.
He also collaborated with Roy on The History of Glamorgan County Cricket Club . However, after some 15 publications, the CBS was wound up and Ken joined Fisher’s Press Agency. In due course he took over the Lynn News Beachcomber column from Graham Fisher.
In addition to writing this he also covered the NW Norfolk League in his ‘Norwester’ reports, even after embarking on a career as a primary school teacher.
As local correspondent for both the Lynn News and EDP, Ken clocked up more then 12,000 news reports.
Ken also played cricket for Hunstanton for nearly 25 yearsand organised Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts for 10 years - first as chairman and later as director.
He brought many famous performers to town, including Evelyn Glennie, Prunella Scales, Humphrey Lyttleton, Richard Baker and the London Community Gospel Choir.
It was Ken who organised the first ‘sponsored’ Christmas swim. He was a founder member of Hunstanton Bridge Club; played the drums in the Variety Club orchestra; was treasurer for the Hunstanton Players; produced the first ‘Festival of Christmas’ at the Princess Theatre; and also found time to be a poppy collector over many years.
After teaching in Hunstanton for nearly three decades, Ken retired from his post as Deputy Head of Redgate Middle School in 1982. The following year he published a short history of Hunstanton.
When the Civic Society was formed in 2002, ken donated many books to its archives. More books and artefacts followed with the opening of the Heritage Centre in 2013.
He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Civic Society in recognition of his outstanding service to the town, and, in 2009, he received the Borough Mayor’s Civic Award for voluntary service.
He was an ideal role model for the many pupils who benefited from his teaching skills throughout a long and distinguished career.