Queen Mary's visit left lasting impression

I RECENTLY featured the memories of the late Robin Dale, sent to me by his son Kevin of Grantham Crescent, Ipswich.

David Kindred

I RECENTLY featured the memories of the late Robin Dale, sent to me by his son Kevin of Grantham Crescent, Ipswich.

Robin's notes told us of his childhood in East Bergholt in the late 1930s and the years of the Second World War. Robin's earliest memory was the day Queen Mary visited the village in June 1938.

He could remember waving flags as the Queen passed along Flatford Lane where he watched from the roadside bank with his family.


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Avril Corker, of Henniker Road, Ipswich, said: “My late mother was East Bergholt born and bred, as were several generations of her family. I grew up there myself.

“When she died in 2006 I had the job of sorting everything out. For some unknown reason the only photo in one of her handbags was of the visit of Queen Mary.

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“The 19-year-old Eva Cook, as she was then, can quite clearly be seen sitting on the church wall, just above the queen's hat, and behind the three older ladies wearing what looks like their best hats.

“It's lovely to read about times past, my mother wanted to write a book about the village and all the old characters that we used to have. Sadly she never got around to doing this.”

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