More memories of Ipswich characters

I RECENTLY featured an Ipswich character photographed in the Victorian period.

David Kindred

I RECENTLY featured an Ipswich character photographed in the Victorian period.

He was a street trader sharpening blades on a grindstone transported on a hand cart. He looked like somebody from a Charles Dickens story. I asked readers if they could recall any other Ipswich characters from the past.

Online readers of Kindred Spirits recalled a chap who sold the Evening Star beneath the Lloyds Avenue arch in the centre of Ipswich during the 1950s.

Elizabeth Montgomery who now lives in Gosport said: “Can anyone remember Kenny who sold the Evening Star underneath the Lloyds Avenue in the 1950s, Kenny was a funny character, he always wore a long black 'mac' and a bowler or Homburg hat!”

Mary Clay (nee Fletcher) of South Carolina, USA, added: “I do remember Kenny, with his long black coat and Homburg hat, his last name was Barker. He was a newspaper vendor for many years on the Cornhill. I believe he grew up in one of the many small streets off Princes Street, near the Cattle Market. Can you tell us more about Kenny?

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