Memories of busy times at Seamen's Dairy

PATRICK Sporne, of The Beeches, Little Blakenham, has sent me information about the photograph I published recently featuring Gerry and the Pacemakers at Seamen's Dairy in Ipswich in 1964.

PATRICK Sporne, of The Beeches, Little Blakenham, has sent me information about the photograph I published recently featuring Gerry and the Pacemakers at Seamen's Dairy in Ipswich in 1964.

Patrick said: “The three ladies on the bottling line are, facing bottling line far left, Ivy Howe, next to her in the middle is Julie Peters and far right is Mavis Wright. Ivy Howe originally worked at Alnesbourne Dairies in Felixstowe Road; I was originally employed by Seamen's Cream Dairies at Kings Lynn where I was assistant dairy manager.

“I was sent to Ipswich in 1961 after Mr Edwin De Grey Seaman had bought out three Suffolk Dairies - Alnesbourne, Felixstowe Road; Joseph Hunt, Woodbridge Road; and Felixstowe Dairies.

“I was under Edwin De Grey Seamen directly or Mr Anderson my original superior at Kings Lynn. “I came to Ipswich originally to work on all aspects of quality control to include incoming milk from farms and processing of milk at Alnesbourne and Felixstowe, also carrying out farm visits or any other demands as issued to me by Mr Seaman or Mr Anderson.

“Upon the building of the new dairy at Knightsdale Road I carried on as before up to the acquisition of the dairy by the Milk Marketing Board as a result of Mr Seaman's death.”

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