Lowestoft, Punch And Judy, Children's Corner 1952
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Franklin Spencer was the Punch and Judy man. His Punch voice (produced by a device held in his mouth called a swazzle) was amplified by means of the loudspeaker to the right of the stage. The 1891 Pier Pavilion (centre) stands at the entrance to the pier, and at the end of the pier twin lighthouses flank the harbour mouth.

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Memories of Lowestoft, Punch and Judy, Children's Corner 1952

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Hello, my late father, Mr Royal S Flaxman (of Edinburgh Road, Lowesoft) and Dean Parkin wrote a very good book about the Lowestoft floods of 1953 called 'Wall of Water'. There's very few good books written about this subject - it's worth a read. It's no longer for sale as it is out of print, but you may be able to pick it up from Panda Books in Lowesoft or most second-hand book shops in the area. It's a ...see more
My memory is of very happy days living at 35 Kirkly Park Road which was a children's nursery run by Mr and Mrs. Bleby when I was there from 1952 til 1957. There were around 20 of us children living there. Many of us like me were there because of TB. One of the nurses that looked after us was the lovely nurse Rosemary, who was the daughter of 'Jumbo Fiske', one of the most famous trawler fishermen of all ...see more
A few of my happy memories of living here in Kirkley Cliff opposite the Putting Green, went to school at was Alderman Woodrow Sec/School helped paint a fishing boat scene in the entrance, days on Trawlers /Drifters as a tea boy trying not to get the mugs full of sea water, having a great time on the Elec Boats in Kensing Gardens, learning to play bowls, fun on Claremont Pier, roll the ball, horse ...see more
I have come to know Lowestoft only quite recently but the name has happy memories for me having heard it spoken of so fondly when I was a child. My father's family moved from London to Pakefield between 1921 and 1924 and my grandfather worked at a TB hospital in the area while his wife ran RETGAR cycle stores at 34 London Road Pakefield, next door to the bakers that is still there . Their surname was ...see more