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What does Norfolk mean to you? A Sense of Place is a collection of stories, reminiscences and personal histories exploring the forces that have shaped our county. Share your stories by filling in the form below.

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Hello, I will be attending the University of East Anglia in the fall at the law school. I am from Texas and I would like to find some friends in Norwich. Also, I would like to know any comments that anyone might have about fun things to do in the Norwich area. I would truly appreciate any information regarding Norwich, and maybe even the law school at UEA. Thank you very much!!

JAMES EMBREY, TEXAS

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I'm Norfolk born and bred, I've lived all my live in Norwich, till april this year,when I left to move to romford to be with my girlfriend. I miss Norfolk every day, people who speak like I do,more laided back attitude,unlike here in Essex,the beautiful countryside and coastline, Norwich my city, the cathedral, Carrow Road and my team. It might be just 100 miles away but I miss home.

JOHNATHAN HODGSON, ESSEX

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What does Norfolk mean to me, it means standing on Cley beach with a tilley light in the middle of winter fishing for the illusive cod, taking friends on a day boat on the Broads and stopping off at Horning ferry pub, taking a car ride along the coast and stopping at Bacton for fish & chips.

There is so many memories of Norfolk I could fill a book. My last memories before coming to Australia would have been to farewell our friends at the Old Brewery house in Reepham, what a great place to farewell our friends, in fact one of them has found this web page Max Griffiths and we are in constant touch which is great.

My parents still live in Aylsham where I went to school and I look forward to returning soon to see them and having a proper pub meal most probably in my favourite place the King's Arms at Blakeney, we used to walk our two German Shepherds round the marshes then all go to the pub, sadly we took them to Australia and they have both passed on now, brings a tear to my eyes when I think of Blakeney and the pub and old Tie and Cassie the dogs and how I wish we were all still there picking Samphire on the marshes.

STEVE HOOK, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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Hiya I'm in America at the moment and I just want to say that I'm missing everyone in King's Lynn. I'm working at a camp in St Louis. So hello all to everyone in King's Lynn and everyone who knows me in Norfolk.

ADAM CHATTERTON, USA

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It's not surprising everyone loves Norfolk, fish and chips, the Broads, Cromer crabs, etc. I was born and lived in a small village of Quiddenham, in the south of the county, where we had a village shop, went to church on a Sunday, had lively Sunday school parties, outings to Yarmouth, with a competition to see the sea when we got to the end of the Acle Straight. We could ride our bikes along country lanes, go paddling in the river whittle after school on a hot afternoon, I used to take my dad his tea in the harvest field with the smell of fresh cut corn and rabbits running as the combine went along.

Picking blackberries to make pies, visiting my aunt and seeing wild orchards in the meadows, playing cricket on Sunday afternoons with all my cousins, and my father played for East Harling - so many Sundays spent on the recreation ground. Life has moved on not always for the better.

My husband is not a Norfolk boy, he comes from Lincolnshire but he used to come to north Norfolk and the coast for his holidays as a child, and we spend many weekends touring and walking around enjoying our Norfolk, visiting places I have never been after nearly 50 years of living here. May visitors come for many years and enjoy our Norfolk and its special people.

CHRISTINE HEWSON, ATTLEBOROUGH

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It was not before leaving Norfolk in January 2001 that I truly appreciated it. In my final weeks I decided to absorb as much of the beautiful landscape as possible. Although it was January I found that the haunting calmness could not be paralleled. There is nothing more sublime than watching the sun come up over the beach at Wells on an icy crisp winter's morning, or watching it go down on the Broads on a perfect summer's evening. See pictures of Wells

NICK MILLS, GREAT YARMOUTH

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On the 3rd of March 1989 I moved from Australia to Norwich to work and live in what I consider to be the most liveable city in the world. I married my Irish sweetheart Sarah in Mulbarton and my two girls Aisling and Ciara were both born at the old N and N site. We lived in Norwich for eight wonderful years, we both made many friends from Norwich and will never forget our most treasured memories. I worked in the A/E in the old hospital and made some wonderful friends - time and circumstances have since set us all apart. My wife and two children moved back to Australia on the 6 July 1996 and have settled into life well back here. Most people at the N and N would remember me as SKIPPY alias MAX GRIFFITHS.

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I am a New Zealander with English parents. I came to England (London) in 1964 for a 2 year visit. In 1966 I visited Norfolk & met my future husband, John, in East Dereham. We lived in Dereham until 1969 when we came to New Zealand. In 1975 we returned to Norfolk & lived in Lyng which is a beautiful village. Our 3 children went to school there. We returned to New Zealand a few months later but will always remember our time there. I found Norfolk to be a lovely county & really enjoyed the local dialect & the beaches. We still have friends in Lyng & Dereham. John's Mother was born in Saham Toney in 1907. We would love to come back for a visit but we're waiting to win the lottery, haha.

BEVERLY LETCHFORD, ASHBURTON, NEW ZEALAND

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