Days Gone By - Stock car racers remember days at Foxhall Stadium

Stock car racing at Foxhall Stadium in 1965.

Stock car racing at Foxhall Stadium in 1965.

A former stock car driver has shared a photo of himself racing at Foxhall Stadium this week after seeing old images of the sport in our Days Gony By series.

Pupils at Amberfield School, Ipswich, in the 1940s.

Pupils at Amberfield School, Ipswich, in the 1940s.

John Biddle emailed to say: “I was leading the bunch in car number 461 in the photograph of Formula Two stock car racing at Foxhall Stadium in 1965. I remember the racing was tough and the track was muddy. Back then the large crowd loved the racing due to it being full contact! I started racing in 1956.”

A reader’s photograph of pupils at Amberfield School, when it was based in Crofton Road, Ipswich, featured recently and Anna Goodge emailed to say: “My older sister, Jennifer White, is the fourth pupil from the right in the middle row. My sister and I think the photograph was taken in 1948 or 49.

“My father came home from the Navy in 1947 and we then moved from Norwich to Ipswich and she went to Amberfield. I went to Stowmarket grammar in a Bickers bus and was one of the pupils told to get off the bus at Stonham Mills and walk home in a severe snow storm! I think this was 1957 or 58. Imagine if that happened now!”

Days Gone By featured a photograph of threshing, taken around 1930 which sparked memories for Mr C Evans, of East Bergholt.


The photograph of threshing taken at Stutton.

The photograph of threshing taken at Stutton.

He said: “This was of Brook Farm, Stutton. My father, Ted, lived there from the 1920s to 1970. He has named those in the picture, starting from bottom right and going clockwise as: Len Rattle the engine driver, Harry Haste, Bill Whittle, a very young Cathy Cadge, Reg Graver, Fred Tuffnell, Dick Whinney, George Bennett, Herbert Askew, Vic Harvey and Hector Crisp. The house in the background is Lodge Farm. This tackle was still in use during the Second World War.”

Another reader, Tony Gooch, Woodbridge, said: “I was surprised to see mention of a boat used for fishing by a Vic Good from Harwich called the Alpha. A vessel of that name appeared beside the slipway of the old Whisstock’s boatyard site at Woodbridge very recently, conceivably the same one?”

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The Duke of Sussex public house, Ipswich, featured recently.

David Ford saw the photo and emailed to say: “My wife and I were very interested in the pictures of the Duke of Sussex pub. The landlord and landlady pictured are my in-laws, Edna and Bobby Field. They took over in 1974 after leaving the Safe Harbour in Meredith Road, Ipswich.


Tony GoochÕs photograph of the Alpha at Woodbridge.

Tony GoochÕs photograph of the Alpha at Woodbridge.

“It was a very quiet pub until many of the Safe Harbour regulars followed them there. Things really took off when Bobby was approached by members of the Black Horse pub football team who wanted to use his pub.

“This was due to Bobby’s long association with Whitton United and the Suffolk FA. The condition for moving pubs was that he brought in barrels of rough cider from the West Country to sell. This he did and the pub was never empty until Bobby’s untimely death in 1976.

“Your pictures show these times when the pub had never been busier.”

A catch of shrimps on board the Alpha at Harwich around 1960s.

A catch of shrimps on board the Alpha at Harwich around 1960s.

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Edna and Bobby Field at the Duke of Sussex, Ipswich, in 1974.

Edna and Bobby Field at the Duke of Sussex, Ipswich, in 1974.

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