Wheeling out the memories of a very special wedding day
Derek JamesHalf a century ago Evening News photographer Dick Jeeves happened to wander past a wedding with a difference…members of the Norwich Scooter Club were forming a guard of honour for two of their members getting married.Derek James
Half a century ago Evening News photographer Dick Jeeves happened to wander past a wedding with a difference…members of the Norwich Scooter Club were forming a guard of honour for two of their members getting married.
So he took this glorious picture of Olive Pike and Brian Boldero following their marriage at St Anne's Church, Earlham, and it appeared in the paper the same day.
'We were so pleased,' said the couple who now have three sons, Nick, Kevin and Ian, five grandchildren and one great grandchild, and are about to celebrate their golden wedding.
Memories of their days as members of the popular Norwich Scooter Club were revived when they attended the funeral earlier this month of another member, former city council gardener Sidney Lovewell.
'Sidney was a lovely man and we all had such happy times in the scooter club,' said Olive, who used to work at the Norvic shoe company and lived at George Borrow Road.
She and Brian, who came from Dilham, both had scooters and met each other at club outings.
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They joined the club in the 1950s when scooters, coming in from Italy and Germany, were all the rage.
'We used to go all over the place and never thought anything of travelling long distances,' said Brian, who became a fitter after being the armed forces.
The photograph of the members relaxing after a long ride was taken at Woburn Abbey in 1959 - and that's the late Sidney in the middle of the picture with a big smile on his face.
After getting married Brian and Olive still had a scooter and when their first son arrived, they had a sidecar.
'I remember once going off on the scooter to Cornwall with our son and all the camping equipment in the sidecar. We made it in the end,' smiled Brian.
Today the couple, retired and living at New Costessey, have a caravan instead of a scooter. Far more comfortable!
'It would be good to hear if there is anyone else around who remembers those great days with the scooter club. We had some good times,' added Olive.
Watch this space for more memorable pictures of the Norwich Scooter Club out and about and if you were a member then drop me a line at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE, or email me at email@example.com
Did You Know?
On this day in 1901 the country went into mourning following the death of Queen Victoria at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. She was 81.
On this day in 1905 it was known as Bloody Sunday in St Petersburg when at least 500 people were slaughtered as thousands marched on the Winter Palace in protest at Tsar Nicholas II's regime.
On this day in 1924 James Ramsay MacDonald became Britain's first Labour Prime Minister.
On this day in 1927 the Football League game between Arsenal and Sheffield United was the first to be broadcast.
On this day in 1947 the big freeze started and lasted for 50 bone-chilling days. Norwich, Norfolk and the rest of East Anglia turned into the East Pole.
On this day in 1963 the Newhaven Court Hotel in Cromer was gutted by fire.