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Party time at Jarrolds

PUBLISHED: 11:09 23 December 2011

Jarrolds Party - Derek James

Jarrolds Party - Derek James

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Today we turned the clock back to 1969 and pop in to see what was happening at the Christmas party for the boys and girls who parents worked at Jarrolds.

The year was 1969. It was Christmas and the boys and girls of Norwich were hanging up their stockings and waiting for Santa to arrive.

I suspect the young family members of the stars of this page today will be doing the same this weekend – some things never change.

So let’s turn the clock back to that Christmas and take a peep at the festive fun organised for the children of the men and women who worked at one of most-loved companies – Jarrolds.

The company was about to celebrate its bicentenary in 1970 with a host of events and celebrations across the city and county.

But 1969 ended with the biggest Christmas party ever held for the children of the employees.

And, judging by the looks on their faces in this montage of pictures, they had a ball.

A record number of children assembled in buses at Cowgate to trundle their way to the Theatre Royal where they saw the pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears which had been described as one of the best pantos that Norwich had seen in many years.

After the show the children returned to the printing works and had their annual bun-fight in the canteen where Father Christmas was waiting for them.

They were entertained with a sing-song by Les Taylor, from the bindery department, and Jock Goudie, from paper control, with his accordion.

One new star appeared on the scene when Les asked for volunteers to sing a song and persuaded Michelle, daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard Jarrold, to step up to the microphone.

I hope these pictures bring back a few happy memories.

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