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How Jack fell in love with our round-tower wonders

A visit to his homeland of Norfolk by a former insurance broker from the Midlands some years ago resulted in a book called Hidden Treasures of North Norfolk. What were these treasures? Round tower churches.

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Arts and Entertainment

Six year old Mark Newstead, from Dereham was the 100,000th patron to see the film

Ray’s golden memories of the Gaumont silver screen

It was a grand, imposing building where customers were welcomed by men in smart uniforms who opened doors for them as they arrived to watch those new-fangled ‘talkies’ in the 1930s.

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Derek James, and his wife Bridgette, front right, guests at the 25th anniversary of the Model School reunions. Picture: Denise Bradley

A Model example of a nostalgic reunion

It’s reunion time for the girls from the ground-breaking Norwich school which opened in the city more than 300 years ago.

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Miss Rosalyn on Anglia Television's Romper Room. Picture taken on the 10th anniversary of the programme in 1974.
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Miss Rosalyn and those Romper Room recollections

Romper, bomper, stomper, boo, tell me, tell me, tell me do... and I can still see Miss Rosalyn sitting in the nursery surrounded by boys and girls in one of the most enchanting TV shows produced by Anglia Television from its studios in Norwich.

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The Rolling Stones at the Gaumont Theatre, Norwich in April 1964

Rock’n’roll shook to it’s foundations as the Rolling Stones come to Norwich

In Norwich of the 21st century it is a building which is empty and abandoned, waiting for the demolition men to move in, but there was a time 50 years ago....

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The Octagon Singers, pictured in 2014 at Octagon Chaoel in Colegate, Norwich

How Betty and Mary created a delightful concert series at Norwich’s Octagon Chapel

It was 30 years ago when Betty Rathbone had a brainwave... to realise the potential of a beautiful and inspiring centre of worship in the heart of old Norwich.

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Great chance to catch up with ‘Sir’ and old classmates after all these years

A former teacher who described his pupils as the “best behaved in the whole of Norwich” is looking forward to meeting them at a reunion later this month.

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Part of the Rowlands Castle layout

Showcase for scale-model worlds to mark anniversary of D-Day

It will be a show like no other... featuring displays and exhibitions taking us back 70 years to mark the anniversary of D-Day and also highlighting the work of talented Norfolk model makers.

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Pamela Dickerson with her artworks to tie in with the arrival of the musical Cats to Norwich Theatre Royal

Pamela lines up purrfect art to mark arrival of hit musical

Norwich is going Cats crazy next week with the arrival of the magical musical at the Theatre Royal and a special exhibition at the Tudor Galleries next door.

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Remembering Laurence, Scott and Electromotors tutor Frank Jones, a fine man and a wonderful teacher

Today there is much talk about how important they are and why it would be good to see more of them...there was a time when Norwich was a manufacturing city that there were thousands of them.

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Photographs published for the first time show life on the railway in Norwich in the 1950s

From steam to diesel and then electric, railway workers have seen so many changes over the years but there is one thing that never changes... the bond of friendship between all the workers.

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The rootin-tootin Hilllbilles playing the Norwich Hippodrome in the 1940s. Do you recognise anyone?

Rootin’ tootin’ time for all at the old ‘Hippo’

From Cary Grant and Laurel and Hardy to the Goons and the Hillbillies – they all played the much-loved Hippodrome which was pulled down in Norwich half a century ago to make way for a car park.

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Roy Blower, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons four years ago.

How battler Roy Blower is facing up to life with Parkinson’s

It is a still a word which is often whispered. A medical condition with no cure and, unlike many others, there is often no hiding the symptoms it can cause some sufferers.

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Dave Clark Five with seven-year-old Jill Baker at the Theatre Royal in Norwich. 13th April 1964

The day the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks and the Hollies came to Norwich

It was a dream come true for seven-year-old Jill Baker when she met her heroes in Norwich of 50 years ago during a pause in a night of screams.

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Michael and Sylvia porter have been collecting and selling postcards since the early 1980's. They have now raised over £100,000 for Norfolk deaf children.

Michael and Sylvia’s 20,000 thank-yous to brilliant readers

You’ve done it! Members of the Evening News, Eastern Daily Press and Let’s Talk family have now raised more than £20,000 for the Norfolk Deaf Children’s Society – by sending us your old postcards.

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Let there be light - how gas changed Norwich 200 years ago

It was a raw winter’s day in Norwich of 200 years ago when people gathered round a stall on the historic market which has been at the heart of city life for centuries.

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Back in 1952 train spotting was a way of life for so many young boys. Heres a party posing for the camera during an organised visit around Norwich Thorpe engine sheds on May 17. Are you in the picture or do you recognise anyone?

Photo gallery: Images of Norfolk Railway’s age of steam published for the first time

They were smelly. They were noisy. They were beautiful – and they were magical. The Iron Horse changed our lives and the shape of Norwich and Norfolk.

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Cattle market sheep sale, Bell Hotel in the background.

From Haysbra to Yar Muth - do you know how to Tawk Norridge (talk Norwich)?

It was many years ago when Russell B B Smith of Sprowston compiled a tongue-in-cheek glossary of Tawkin Norridge, not to be confused with Tawkin Norfolk, illustrating the fact that in a city a different language flourishes.

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A look inside Cooks Brush Works where thousands of brushes, including a range of industrial shoes, were made.

From our archive: Cooks, a firm that had a real brush with history

Welcome to the world of brush making in Norwich – a trade which once provided work for thousands of men and woman in the city and the county making us one of the top manufacturers in the land.

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