too am an ex-Norwich man having lived in New Zealand from 1975.
On reading the letters and visiting the website brings back all
the thing that we missed and enjoyed. I worked in the shoe industry
and lived in the Heartsease Estate before moving to Hellesdon, still
have family over there and would love to make another visit, our
family keeps us pretty well informed but enjoy the web cams and
reading the expats letters which brings back many memories.
to see there is another Peter Harvey that moved to New Zealand two
years after myself also living in the North of NZ. Any old friends
over there who remembers me I would love to catch up with you. There
are countless things that we miss about Norwich, too many to list.
I also listen to the news from this website. So to all who participate
thank you and keep it going. My e-mail is email@example.com
HARVEY, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
(from Bedford) put it nicely. When I brought my children home to
meet their grandparents for the first time, I promised to take them
to the seaside and I did. They also played on the sand, went to
the funfair. My father commented on the money I was spending, but
as I explained, the children would probably never do this again
and I wanted to have something to remember.
I also took them kite flying on Mousehold Heath, again giving them
a memory of things I did.
Two years ago I was in Norfolk and you can guess where I went: Great
Yarmouth. I ate chips on the market and walked along the beachfront.
Should I be lucky enough to return, there is no need to tell you
where I shall go. I may walk slower now but I shall have time to
enjoy those lovely places again, regain my Norfolk accent and head
right for the fish and chip shop. How I would dearly love to bring
my grandchildren to Norfolk to see just what a lovely county it
TYRELL, TRENTON, ONTARIO, CANADA
I lived in North Park Ave till 1967 when we moved to New Zealand
where I'm very happy but miss the Canaries. I also miss friends
from Blackdale & Hewett Schools, especially Terry Staff & Leslie
Pepper. Would be neat to hear from them. In the meantime On the
DAVE BARTRAM, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Norwich was not such a great place why do so many expats miss it,
and return, often some from over the sea? Because you have everything
you could need in Norfolk for all ages and all walks of life.There
is the history, the arts, shops, the excellent schools.The funfair,
the Broads with all the wildlife, you can find peace when you want
it, or noise, company, clubs when you feel alone. There is the religious
side where people can find peace and comfort. The different shades
of green, the sea, sand, and Norwich market, there is colour, but
most of all the wonderful Norfolk people, some laugh at out dialect,
maybe they should listen instead and learn. The Norfolk people are
the kindest, caring and always ready to help if you let them. Let
your children go to Norwich see the castle let them learn while
having fun, take them to see the seals and the animals learn about
the birds all before it's to late for them. Then let them enjoy
Great Yarmouth and the funfair, eat proper fish and chips, run on
the beaches, look at real life, and above all breathe the fresh
air, so let their minds and bodies benefit from such a wonderful
place. You will be giving them so much in their life - and mum and
dad you will find you can relax and rediscover the togetherness
you once had. Give yourselves wonderful memories that you and your
children can share and talk about as you all grow older. Norwich
and all Norfolk can bring you all together. There is so much more
I could tell you about this lovely place, but there are others who
can tell you more then I can. I can just say Norfolk means caring,
sharing, learning and great fun. I do hope you discover it all,
it's waiting for you.
ISABEL COLEGATE, BEDFORD, BEDS
my name is Wendy Moore, nee Withers - and no I didn't go to school
in Norfolk - but my ancestors did in the 1850s.
John Showell Withers, from Holt, married Amy Caroline Tucker, from
Cromer, in 1829. Are any of my relatives still in the area? I
would love to hear from you. I live in, and was born in, Australia.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
have really enjoyed reading the expats' comments and they seem to
have one thing in common - they all miss Norfolk.
have lived in Australia since 1967 and love to return to the Norfolk
villages and countryside. I still have family there and within three
days my accent seems to return. I especially love going back in
summer when the strawberries are out. I wish Australia were closer
so that I could pop over for a long weekend. I used to live in Pilot
Street and went to Gaywood Park school leaving in 1954. My family
name is Irwin I still have a brother living there, my family were
quite well known in the North End area and I still have relatives
living there. Anyone who remembers me I would love to hear from
you at email@example.com
am interested in getting in touch with anyone who remembers me from
Norwich, Attleborough, Wymondham or Strumpshaw. Attended Notre Dame
years 1962 - 1966. I would like to hear from old school friends
I live in the USA - Wisconsin, maiden name Marion Gooch. E-mail
I have great memories of Norwich and school days, get back when
I can. Would love to hear from anyone.
GOOCH, WINSCONSIN, USA
grew up on the Heartsease estate, moved to the USA in '73. I went
to Heartease secondary. Is there anybody out there who can remember
when we won the cricket cup final in '70 or '71. We had to have
Paul Grady come home from holiday, which, lucky for us he did. The
person at bat who won it for us, his surname was Robinson or Robertson
if memory stands correct. We went to Woodside Juniors at the time,
please tell me someone remembers. I played football for Lakeford
Rangers with Robin Bircham, Paul Grady, a few others I can't remember.
Anyhow if you have any replies contact me at Blimeybe@cs.com.
not really an expat Norfolk man as I was born in Yorkshire, but
I spent about 22 years living and working in the Norwich area so
I think I just about qualify. For the last (almost) 12 years I have
lived in a lovely part of Switzerland called Graubunden. Mountains
and skiing all around, just a little bit different to Norfolk. we
live about half an hour from Klosters and an hour or so from St.
Moritz. I still visit Norwich, usually about twice a year, staying
with friends. It's always lovely to be back again strolling through
the city with my Swiss fiancé who has also fallen in love with the
place. Great to have the webcams which I found on your site yesterday!
Talk to you again soon.
am 24 and currently living with my husband in San Diego, California.
Life couldn't be better, we have weather like that of Camelot and
the fun is endless, BUT, I miss little old Norwich. This is a truly
beautiful part of the world, but nothing beats humble old Norwich.
I never thought I would say this, especially throughout the excitement
of moving here, but I would love to live in Norwich again. My Mum
is still in Poringland and keeps me up to date with what's going
on, but it's not the same. Maybe we'll make it back some time soon...
do I think of Norfolk I miss it. I am now 58 left Hunstanton at
18 - 19 but always think about how pretty it is there. Nothing can
compare with the loveliness of Norfolk friendliness of the pepole
them selves and the air so fresh and clean.
I am trying to find someone who can provide any information regarding
the Spooncer family who left Norfolk and either went to Bristol
or emigrated to the USA. In particular one Thomas Spooncer. The
date is likely to be after 1800. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
would like to say Hi & A Happy New Year to everyone in Hunstanton
- there's nothing like Home Sweet Home & I do miss it - My True
folks, my daughter found this site and sent it on to me, I have
already been in contact with my old childhood friend Ted Armiger,
and notice several folks who live in the US are not far from me.
The first place I make for when I get home is the market place and
have an Aldous ice cream, not quite the same as the late Billy Aldous
made it. Then a walk around the back of the Inns, into Jarrolds,
wander around London Street, and then wait for the bus to take me
back to my sisters at the Heartsease. I was there just over 12 months
ago and got lost, but never cease to wonder at the countryside which
my sister took me around, I knew the places but had no idea how
to get there. It takes about three days before I get my accent back,
thas orl roit init? If anybody wishes to contact me in Canada you
can do so by email at email@example.com
TYRRELL, (REEVE), CANADA
many others, I really enjoy your site. It's good to keep up with
local news and every now and again I look at the webcams to remind
myself what a beautiful city Noriwch is.
NIGEL HUCKSTEP, HONG KONG
found your wonderful site. Glad Sheringham Station has been saved.
My brother and I spent many hours there, waiting for our Dad to
come home on leave during the war. We were from Yarmouth and Gorleston,
but like lots moved about. I have been in Canada for many years.
Still have friends in Norfolk and abrother in Sussex. Am lucky to
come home often. Love to read the notes,and news. Keep up the good
MARY TOFTS, MONTREAL, CANADA
Interesting reading about Ketts Hill. My Uncle Sid Pointer lived
in Ketts Cave or Ketts Hill Cottage. I used to visit a lot when
I was living in Norwich. My aunt's name was Violet and they had
John, Sylvia and Irene. My Uncle Percy Sayer had a corner grocery
store up Silver Road. He had retired from a government job in Singapore
and used to deliver the groceries in a Jaguar. His wife was a lovely
Malaysian lady named Mary,and they had a daughter named Irene. Lots
of nice memories of Norwich, but I have to admit that when I go back
now, I feel like a foreigner.
Too much has changed. Still, better to have changes than remain a
If any of this is familiar stuff, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
do I miss most about Norwich...? Cycling up Gas Hill about 60 years
ago!!! Meeting the footballers going home ON THE BUS after training
instead of their Ferraris!!! Dried smoked sprats and Cromer crabs.......But
NOT definitely NOT the weather.
ARMINGER, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
I am in front of of my computer, reading expats from Norfolk's comments,
listening to Jim Reeves with a beer and I am 6000miles away in the
heart of the red woods in California - and believe me, I am in Norwich.
I was born 1931, I was in Norwich during ww2- what a time. But old
Norwich is my home, always will be, will come home one day, I hope,
have had a chat with some pals. Love too all, all Norwich, and Norfolk
BRIAN FOYSTER, RIO DELL, CALIFORNIA
in the Royal Air Force, I was born on the North Norfolk coast in
1960, returning to Norfolk in 1975 when Dad retired. Schooling mostly
at Thorpe St Andrew, I left Norwich in 1984 for a career with the
Royal Hong Kong Police. Still here in Hong Kong, although now with
Microsoft. Am often travelling to Mainland China - the contrasts
with Norwich andNorfolk couldn't be greater! Parents live in Sprowston
and sister in Spixworth. Remember with amusement the first time
my wife, who is Chinese and loves Cromer crab, visited a Norfolk
country pub. Midweek, it was very quiet. The barman had sized her
up for quite a while before asking her in a broad Norfolk accent
"You int from round here are you?" Often remember also time working
with Sedgwicks, now changed I know, the local Territorials and the
YMCA Judo club.
HAWGOOD, HONG KONG
miss Norfolk very much. Now that we're coming up the Christmas season,
I miss it even more. Have lived in Melbourne, Australia, for the
past 15 years, but memories of Holt, Sheringham, Wells and Norwich
still as clear as the day we left... Thanks for producing a site
where all suffering from acute nostalgia can visit!!!
MILES, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
wonder if there is anyone out there who trained at the Norfolk and
Norwich Hospital as a nurse in 1959 to 1962? I am still working
in health - in Sydney Australia - would love to catch up with some
colleagues. I come home about every two years to visit family still
residing in Norwich.
PAT LEEDER, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
my name is Carole. I have never been to Great Yarmouth but my grandmother's
family come from there. Her maiden name was Yallop. We are descended
from James Yallop and Charlotte Marie Pell. I would be interested
to hear from any other descendents of James and Charlotte. I am
doing our genealogy. Does anyone know of George Holleyman (he was
my grandmother's first cousin) and David Yallop is a relation as
well. I think you have a great site. Lots of variety. Keep up the
good work. email@example.com
PLACE, KATIE KATI, NEW ZEALAND
really enjoy being able to visit and read about my home town Norwich.
It keeps me still in touch. Although I have been away over 40 years
I still miss home. I still have family there. Sincerely
name is, or I should say was, Lesley Royal and I lived in Gorleston-on-Sea
before I moved to Canada in 1970 I have just found your web page
- it is so good to find that there are homesick people like me.
It is not that I do not like Canada but at times such as now, when
winter is just around the corner, that I miss my home. I went to
St Louis School for Girls in Gt Yarmouth and if any of my old friends
should read this they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
O'GORMAN, INGLESIDE, ONTARIO
am from Norfolk and moved to Sprowston when I was about 17 and lived
in several places in Norwich and worked there too. I came to the
USA to work in 1965 for an English family in their home.
have always missed England and I am told after all these years I
still have the accent. I have one married brother left in Norwich
and they come here to visit and I come home, as I call it, every
so often. It has changed a lot since I lived there and gotten very
busy but I always love to come home. We have an American tragedy
here right now and we need your prayers to move forward with our
lives. I have cried bucket of tears but we must not let them take
away our Freedom in the USA. God Bless America and all its people.
husband and I left Norwich 18 years ago to live in Tucson, Arizona,
and were reasonably happy there for 10 years. Sun, big houses, swimming
pools, all the material things we could ever want, but we definitely
missed the people and the culture. After 12 years we took our first
trip back to Norwich, and I was in shock., I could not believe that
we had left such a beautiful place. I saw Norfolk like I had never
seen it before, breathtaking! So, on returning to Arizona, spent
the next five years very homesick, until we moved to Massachussetts.
I have to say that this is a great substitute for England. We have
four beautiful seasons (including hot summers), we have country
roads with farm stands selling fruit and flowers, beautiful beaches,
and we have access to the wonderful City of Boston. I admit the
people are still very different, but this certainly fills our needs
for the time being. So to all you unhappy expats in the US Move
to Massachussetts! If we did'nt live here, we would be back in Norwich
all, I've been living in Corfu for seven years - Originally I'm
from Hellesdon, Norwich. I am in Birmingham right now, well in the
suburbs anyway! and I miss the accent (the Norfolk one!)
NIK GREY, EARLSWOOD
I like your site. I've just been listening to the Norfolk News but
explored a little more today. I was born in Wymondham, brought up
in Norwich and have lived in the USA since 1960 when my parents
decided to move to California. Went to Horns Lane Infants school,
Lakenham Primary, then another primary near Beverley Road. Must
have been a wonderful experience, I've forgotten the name of it.
Then I went Notre Dame High School until 1954. I miss Norwich, even
now, but have made several trips back; hope to be there again within
a year. Used to go dancing a lot at the Samson and Hercules, the
Lido, and the American Club. There was also a little Jazz Club down
Davey Place.Missed it all like crazy. I wish more of my friends,
Gillian, Pamela and Maureen had access to e-mail,it is so much easier
that snail mail.
e-mail me if you think you remember me. email@example.com
ALBERTA SAYER CONGER,
WILDERVILLE, OR, USA
you Talk Norfolk for your great site - also the letters you get
from around the world. I read them every week to see if there are
any expats around the world that came from King's Lynn or Northend
next to the docks and Loke Road. My wife who is an American loves
your site because she now see places that we went to when we were
over this year. Thank you very much and please keep up the good
MICK MENDHAM, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, USA
found the site, it was great reading comments from other expats.
I moved to Tampa, FL USA back in 1991. I came over originally for
a break/vacation after A-levels at Hewitt School in Norwich. I have
lived in Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, and finally before moving
here I lived in Long Stratton and Tacolneston. I went to high school
at Long Stratton 1987-90. I have not been back since 1991 due to
college, marriage and now work. I am planning to back soon, I still
have some great friends who I talk too occasionally, and have some
family and a few family friends. It will always be home!
TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA
Hi, I'm Peter. I left Norwich in 1977 for New Zealand with my wife
and three daughters. I live in the North of NZ and it is a great
place to live. Whilst I would not live anywhere else now, the climate
mostly, I am still very proud of being English and from Norwich.
I miss the pubs, people and sense of humour of Norfolk people. I
have a few e-mail friends around the world but none from the UK.
I do not remember much of my school years (Norman Sec Mod) and most
of my friends were female and have since married and changed their
names. I would like to make contact again after all these years.
I have been back several times over the years and all of my family
still live in Norwich. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
JANES, WHANGAREI, NEW ZEALAND
Norfolk, I am an expat living and working in Kuwait. I am from Great
Yarmouth and what I miss most is the greenery and the Norfolk Broads,
nature and just about everything. So hi to everyone but especially
my sister and brother-in-law at the Ocean Rooms, Gorleston.
have just spent a marvellous week in Norfolk with my two children
who were amazed at everything they saw. My four-year-old son was
particularly enchanted with the cows grazing in the fields. My neice
and I took them for a traditional seaside day out at Yarmouth, Brilliant,
pleasure beach, slot machines, ice cream, candyfloss, and of course
fish and chips. My brother lives at Burgh Castle, an absolutely
delightful village,where we enjoyed some lovely countryside walks.
We also visited Sheringham. My kids were delighted with the train
museum there, or more to the point the gift shop there!! We travelled
around by train on Anglia Railways using one of their Rover tickets
valid for three days travel within one week, at a cost of 18 pounds
for me, £2 for my six-year-old daughter and my son travelled
free. This enabled us to travel anywhere within the Anglia network
- a very good deal. It was lovely to be back among the friendly
faces of Norfolk. Everywhere I went people were helpful and kind,
especially at Norwich Railway Station. The weather was also spectacular
- really hot, so I must have picked a good week!!
SCHERER, PUERTO DE LA CRUZ
to all expats. Like you, I find this Norfolk expats a great comfort
to me. I have been in touch with Michael
Wilding only to find out we knew each other - he used to come
into my father's shop at Spixworth and we remember each other well.
Like him. I feel it would be nice if some of us expats exchanged
e-mails. Who knows some of us may have known each other way back.
This only goes to show what great people the Norfolk people are
so how about it lets unite via the web. My address is Isabelkeast@btinternet.com
I have made the first move. let's see who will second me! I would
love to hear from any expats, so come on folks don't let the side
down, let's show them what good Norfolk folks we all are. How do
you feel about King's Lynn being named as the most unfriendly place
followed by Edinburgh. My aunt lived at Gaywood and I have many
happy memories of King's Lynn also of the folks at Narborough where
my cousin opened the village store and also had a van going around
Marham and villages selling groceries I have done that many times
and where ever I went I was made welcome.
ISABEL COLEGATE, BEDFORD
you so much for posting my photo of the river at ColtishalL on your
site, which I think is one of the best on the net. I first came
to Norfolk in the Autumn of 1965 as a commercial diver in the offshore
fields. I met and married a local girl and we get back as often
as possible. I love Norfolk, the friendly people, the scenery,
the historic attractions. It is my favorite county in the whole
of Britain. We miss it very much and your website makes us feel
as if we were there only yesterday. Keep up the excellent work!
WILLIAM F COURANT, USA
here to see William's Norfolk photo and to find out how to send
in your own images.
am an ex-pat now living in the USA. I miss the Fen country so much.
My mum still lives in King's Lynn and I used to go to Gaywood Park
School. You don't realize how lovely Norfolk is until you move away.
To reply to Nicholas Ralph (click here
to read Nicholas' e-mail), living in Los Angeles., if you think
that Norfolk is "insular" and "backwards", then try Louisiana -
it is both "backwards" and backwoods! As for LA, then you are welcome
to it. Give me the UK over the States any time.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, USA
have just found your expat site and....oh! it brings back so many
memories - and makes me homesick! I was born in King's Lynn (the
Sheldrick family) within smelling distance of the Ouse. I attended
King's Lynn High School for Girls before leaving to live in Great.Yarmouth.
We had many a happy summer in a caravan on the North Denes. What
a pity that I have lost touch with everyone I knew at that time
(Queenie Beckett,Colleen McCulloch, John Howes,Peter Grant, Derek
Bousefield, Maureen Salmon to name but a few.) What fun we had.
I am now living with my daughter and her family in Australia. Very
nice...but!! I shall always be a Norfolk dumpling at heart. If I
am fortunate enough to hear the accent it brings tears to my eyes!
If anyone would like to get in touch - either expat or local - my
email address is email@example.com
AVERLEY-ISAACSON, BOWRAL, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Norfolk Expats all over the world. If you have been reading the
letters on Talk Norfolk you would have seen my letter saying that
I was taking my American wife Jackie to England for the first time
and to my home town of King's Lynn. She loved it as we walked around
the town and the churches we then went to Brancaster/ Old Hunstanton
walked a long the beaches, then to Sandringham to see the Queen's
house. Also off to Ely to see the Cathedral and then to Cambridge
for the day. The next day we went to Castle Rising. Someone asked
me how much it cost, well $750 from the USA to Gatwick. So if I
can do it so can you! Go and see the old places you still talk about
to your family and friends and see if it's the same as you remember
it just one time like I did .
MENDHAM, INDIANAPOLIS, USA
here for loads more expats' comments