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COVER IMAGE Town Hall, King’s Lynn by Ian Ward

meet the team MANAGING DIRECTOR Laura Murray MANAGING EDITOR Eric Secker DESIGN TEAM Amy Phillips Lisa Tonroe PHOTOGRAPHY Ian Ward SALES AND PROMOTION Daniel Thomas CONTRIBUTORS Clare Bee Richard Parr Paul Richards Sylvia Steele John Bultitude

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hat more you could you want from Halloween? An atmospheric old cottage on the edge of a churchyard and an enigmatic resident? Hints of black magic and a ghostly sighting? How about all five in one story? This is, of course, the famed ‘Exorcist’s House’ in King’s Lynn (above) and it’s a location shrouded in mystery, as Alison Gifford details on page 22 of this month’s magazine. It’s a fascinating story, and you shouldn’t miss Michael Middleton’s page this month either, which sheds new light on the history of the building’s most (in)famous resident in a truly illuminating postscript. It’s not all about ghosts and pumpkins this month, though. Strictly Come Dancing has become a staple of autumn entertainment for the last 12 years, and hot-footed its way back to our television screens last month. However, long before Strictly, Peggy Spencer was a household name around the country for her lifelong dedication to the world of dance (she was even originally offered the chance to present Strictly Come Dancing herself), and you can read Clare Bee’s account of her ballroom-based life on page 52. From icon of the dancefloor to the poster girl of a generation, as Georgia May Foote prepares to step into the shoes of Audrey Hepburn in the classic role of Holly Golightly with a sparkling (naturally!) production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal in Norwich next month. Georgia took some time out from her busy rehearsal schedule to talk with John Bultitude about the new show, and you can read all about her preparations on page 8. From globe-trotting cameramen to best-selling crime writers, and from falconers to photojournalists, we assembled a fantastic cast of inspirational characters for you to meet this month, so with no further ado, let the curtain rise! Enjoy the magazine! KL MAGAZINE

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6-13 WHAT’S ON This month’s diary of forthcoming events

58-67 WEDDINGS Inspirational ideas and stunning fashions

8-10 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S Georgia steps into an iconic role

70-72 NORFOLK’S APPLE HERITAGE The renaissance of our lost local tastes

14 CORN EXCHANGE A new season packed with entertainment

74-83 FOOD AND DRINK Reviews, recipes and recommendations

16-18 THE WONDERS OF SURREY HOUSE A look inside an architectural treasure trove

80 RESTAURANT REVIEW The Thai Royale at Gaywood

22-24 THE EXORCIST’S HOUSE... Alison Gifford on a local ghost story

84-86 CUTTING THE MUSTARD... A look at the history of Colman’s

27 SIX TAX-SAVING TIPS FOR BUSINESS Help and advice from Stephenson Smart

90-92 A HISTORY ON TWO WHEELS Inside the Norfolk Motorcycle Museum

28-30 A FIRST CHOICE FUTURE... A look inside the Sixth Form at Springwood

96 THEN & NOW The changing face of West Norfolk

36-38 THE ART OF FALCONRY Taking to the skies with Fens Falconry

98-100 THE HOUSE OF HISTORY... A look at the Pat Midgley Research Centre

41 YOU AND YOUR PETS With local vet Alex Dallas

102-104 A NEW VIEW OF THE WORLD The thought-provoking work of Si Barber

44-46 A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Behind the camera with Martin Hayward Smith

108-110 ELLY GRIFFITHS An interview with the best-selling author

52-54 LIFE ON THE DANCEFLOOR... The amazing career of Peggy Spencer

114 MICHAEL MIDDLETON From Pulp Fiction to The Exorcist...


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S Saturday aturday 9th 9th to to November November 20th 20th P PLEASANT LEASANT S SUNDAY UNDAY A AFTERNOONS, FTERNOONS, A AUTUMN/WINTER UTUMN/WINTER 2 2016 016 L LECTURE ECTURE S SERIES ERIES 2nd floor, Marriott's Warehouse, South Quay, King's Lynn PE30 5DT (3pm) Run by the Marriott’s Warehouse Trust, the talks aim to tell a story of the fascinating history of our town and area. The new Autumn/Winter lecture series will begin with 'Marriott's Warehouse: A Story of Reclamation and Re-use' by Stephen Heywood on 9th October. This will be followed by 'Joseph Dines: teacher, soldier and Temporary Gentleman' by Dr Barry Blades on 23rd October and on 9th November Anne Roberts will present her talk ‘Holbein, Reformation Art and the Hanseatic Portraits‘. Lastly, on 20th November there will be a talk by Professor Michael Chisholm titled ‘Water management in the Fens before the introduction of pumps.’ All talks start at 3pm, there is no booking necessary and no admission charge. For more information email or call 07582 037301.

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T TRICK RICK O OR RT TWEET WEET A AT TP PENSTHORPE ENSTHORPE Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Pensthorpe Road, Fakenham NR21 0LN (10am-5pm) Get into the spirit of Halloween with Hootz and discover the grim and gruesome side of nature! With quizzes, puzzles, riddles, spooky crafts and the creepy crawly trail, your day at Pensthorpe will be truly ‘spooktacular!’ With pumpkins galore all decorated to enthral you… Hootz needs your help finding the phantom pumpkins before they cast any Halloween spells. Don’t forget to make your own creepy crawly to take home, and come dressed for the occasion - there will be a prize for the best dressed fancy dress ‘photo booth’ picture. Ticket is included in standard admission, visit the website for further details. KLmagazine October 2016

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APPLE A PPLE D DAY AY Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, King's Lynn PE33 9PS (10:30 - 16:30) Celebrate Apple Day by discovering the importance of heritage apples and orchards in Britain. The East of England Apple & Orchards Project will be on hand to offer expert advice, as well as the Master Gardeners' Association, Cockley Cley Wood Turners, Riverford Organics, willow basket makers and a spinner. Bring your own apple and pear varieties and have them identified or made into juice. Families can enjoy apple themed activities and tuck into the apple recipes on the menu in the tea-room. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Please visit the website for more information.

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PSYCHIC SUPPER P SYCHIC S UPPER Clenchwarton Memorial Hall, Black Horse Rd, Clenchwarton, King's Lynn PE34 4DN (Doors 6pm, 7pm start) Enjoy an extraordinary psychic supper evening with locally recognised mediums. Do you have a loved one you’ve lost who you’d like to connect with? Do you have any uncertainties about your future? Or perhaps you’re interested in spiritual readings? On the night each person will receive a private reading, a fish and chip supper, raffle, auction and refreshments. Tickets are £15 each and are in aid of repairs on the hall. For more information and to book a ticket, please phone Sheila James on 01553 766284. 7

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W WALKING ALKING W WOMEN OMEN Meet at - Beach Café, Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1DR Do you love walking but don’t like to venture too far alone? Would you like to be sociable while enjoying the spectacular Holkham Estate? If so, come and join Holkham’s monthly walks. Enjoy the views of our beautiful coastline while making new friends! These have been organised for the first Tuesday of each month, starting at 10am. Each walk will last approximately 1.5 hours. Well behaved and sociable dogs on leads are welcome on the walk and all walks are free of charge. For further details email or visit the website

F Friday riday 11th 11th November November COFFEE COFFEE CONCERT: CONCERT: JOO JOO YEON YEON S SIR IR (V (VIOLIN) VIOLIN) &L LAURA AURA S SNOWDEN NOWDEN (GUITAR) (GUITAR) King’s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place PE30 5DQ (11am) Following the popular Festival Coffee Concerts, Joo Yeon Sir and Laura Snowden will be gracing the Town Hall this autumn. Joo Yeon is this season’s St. John's Smith Square Young Artist and has performed at many prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Karl Jenkins. Laura is a winner of the Tillett Trust, St John’s Smith Square, International Guitar Foundation and Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green young artist schemes, and was handpicked by Julian Bream to give a recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2015. Programme is as follows; Manuel de Falla Suite of Spanish Folk Songs, Laura Snowden Five Impressions, Debussy Le Petit Berger; La Neige Danse, Joo Yeon Sir Paganinia, Piazzolla Histoire du Tango and an additional piece with young musicians from St Martha's Catholic Primary School. Tickets are £13 and £7 for under 18s. Tickets include tea/coffee and cake, served at 10:30am. To book tickets call 01553 764864.

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S Starting tar ting - Thursday Thursday 3rd 3rd November November FLOODLIT FLOODLIT SWAN SWAN F FEEDS EEDS WWT Welney, Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, Nr. Wisbech PE14 9TN (6:30pm) Experience a stunning evening of watching wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of the centrally-heated main hide. You can hear the calls of the swans as you arrive after dark. The calls are getting close as you cross the bridge to the reserve and what you find when you get to the main hide is white forms gliding around an illuminated lagoon surrounded by the inky black of night. Most of the swans have returned to the reserve to roost for the night, but the swans on the main lagoon get one last meal before tucking their bills under their feathers and counting sheep. The guide tells the story of the swans and the journeys they have made to get to the Ouse Washes for winter before going out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, as they tuck into the grain. Any ringed swans that come out onto the islands or stick their bottom up out of the water can be entered into the swan computer to find out more about them. The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions. Tickets are included in normal admission and free to members. For more information visit the website

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CHRISTMAS C HRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR Thursford Collection, Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0AS (2pm & 7pm) Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians – many of whom are West End performers. The 3 hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and yearround favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols. Word of this amazing show has spread and it is now generally recognised as being the largest show of its kind in the country, if not Europe. To find out more and to book tickets visit the website or call the box office on 01328 878477.



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ABOVE: George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn in a publicity still for Blake Edwards’ classic 1961 screen version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s – the hugely-popular story is now coming to the Norwich Theatre Royal in a production featuring Georgia May Foote (opposite) in the title role

Georgia steps into the shoes of a cultural icon Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of the most popular films of all time, and now the classic story is being reborn as a stage production with a TV favourite in the lead role, as John Bultitude discovers...


he path of true love never runs smoothly, particularly when the object of your affections just seems so unattainable. That’s the dilemma facing Fred, a young Louisiana writer who falls in love with the charming and eccentric but lovably naïve Holly Golightly. They could be the perfect match, but Holly has many suitors who are all much more successful or rich than poor Fred. So, will she choose the safety blanket and security of Fred or the more glamorous and exciting alternative? The scene is set for a sparking production of Breakfast At Tiffany’s at

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Norwich Theatre Royal next month – which draws more on Truman Capote’s iconic novella than the original 1961 movie, bringing the essence of his great writing to the stage. Everyone remembers Audrey Hepburn’s iconic portrayal of goodtime-girl Holly Golightly in the classic film, and taking on the lead role of Holly in this new production is Georgia May Foote, most recently seen as the runner-up in last year’s run of BBC’s Saturday night ballroom blockbuster Strictly Come Dancing. Georgia is a hugely experienced TV actress with previous roles including Katy Armstrong in Coronation Street, Gemma in This Is England ’86, and

Alison Simmons in Grange Hill – and Breakfast At Tiffany’s marks her first foray into stage performing. “I’m so excited that for my first theatre role, I’ll be playing such an iconic character,” she says. “I can’t wait to join the cast. It’s a wonderful adaptation of an incredible story and I’m really thrilled to be part of it.” And she says the story itself is multilayered and quite dark in places. “I think the audience will get a bit more in-depth into the story, says Georgia, “and we really see the relationship between Fred and Holly, and how it develops.” She admits that taking on the job is giving her a mixture of nerves and


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ABOVE: Georgia May Foote with Giovanni Pernice during last year’s Strictly Come Dancing (in which they were runners-up) and (left) as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

excitement – as while it’s thrilling to be given the chance to play Holly, Georgia wants to get the portrayal absolutely right. She’s also relishing the chance of taking on this first major theatrical role in her career. “When I speak to people who do a lot of stage work,” she says, “they tell me you learn discipline in your role and you have to deliver your best every night. There are no second chances.” Joining her in the cast will be a hugely experienced company of both West End and touring theatre performers plus two actors also popular with TV audiences. Taking on the role of Fred is Matt Barber, who’s probably best-known for playing Atticus Aldridge in ITV’s blockbuster period drama Downton Abbey. Also in the cast playing bartender Joe Bell is Victor McGuire, the very well-established actor whose previous parts include Jack Boswell in Carla Lane’s much-loved comedy Bread, Ron Wheatcroft in the BBC’s recently revived rib-tickler Goodnight Sweetheart, and security guard Ian in Sky’s supermarket-set-sitcom Trollied. And Nikolai Foster, the highlyrenowned director of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, is genuinely pleased to have Georgia in the cast. “It’s a thrilling prospect for all of us to be working with an actor who’s perfectly suited to the role,” he says, “and I’m sure Georgia will encourage a whole new generation of theatregoers to share Capote’s beautiful story.”


She may be new to theatre, but Georgia certainly has a strong sense of style to match her acting experience. To promote the production, she’s already posed in a number of outfits inspired by the production’s setting. But what about Georgia herself when she’s not in character? “I like to mix things up depending on the day and my mood,” she admits. “I can be very tomboyish but I also like looking smart.” And while she’s lucky enough to have the height of must-have couture given to her to wear for those big showbiz occasions, she’s not grand when it comes to filling out her own wardrobe. “I love the high street!” she laughs. “River Island, Miss Selfridge and Zara are all favourites of mine – and I’m very lucky that I get loaned such wonderful designer outfits.” Staying in shape is also important to Georgia, with regular gym visits and dancing combined with her busy lifestyle helping maintain her stunning figure. “I also try to eat healthily but I don’t believe in depriving yourself,” she says. “If you want something, I think it’s better to have it than finally cracking and bingeing. I’m not someone who avoids bread or sugar – but I’m not that keen on smoked fish!” So while she may not be eating kippers in King’s Lynn or herring in Hunstanton, she will be bringing a touch of star quality and bags of energy to an iconic literary, cinematic and now stage character.

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S Norwich Theatre Royal November 14th-19th Performances at 7.30pm, with a Wednesday and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8-£32.50, and discounts are available for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Under-18s, and Groups. An audio-described performance takes place on Saturday 19th November at 2.30pm. For more details and to book tickets, see or call the box office on 01603 630000.

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BOX OFFICE: (01603) 63 00 00 Tues 27 Sept – Sat 1 Oct PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Matthew Kelly and Felicity Montagu star in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy £8 - £27.50

Sun 16 Oct MAY CONTAIN NUTS Star-studded evening of comedy £8 - £30

Thur 6 – Fri 7 Oct RAMBERT World class dance £7 - £24

Tues 18 – Sat 22 Oct THE SOUND OF MUSIC Lucy O’Byrne, Andrew Lancel star in unforgettable family musical £8 - £37.50

Sun 9 Oct ROSS NOBLE Surreal stand up £8 - £25

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Wed 26 – Sat 29 Oct BEAUTY & THE BEAST Northern Ballet with fairytale dance adaptation £8 - £37.50

Mon 10 – Sat 15 Oct THE FULL MONTY Hilarious and heartfelt drama £8 - £32.50 Mon 31 Oct – Sat 5 Nov CHICAGO John Partridge, Hayley Tamaddon, Jessie Wallace star in razzle dazzle musical £8 - £42.50

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Outstanding shows this Autumn! October is a very busy month at the K King’s ing’s L Lynn ynn C Corn orn E Exchange xchange with a must-see performance almost every night! THE CARPENTERS STORY S Sunday unday 2 2nd nd O October ctober The award-winning Carpenters Story celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in history, Richard and Karen Carpenter. Featuring the stunning vocals of international star Claire Furley and lavish arrangements from eight live musicians and including all the classic Carpenters hits.

JACKSON LIVE IN CONCERT Friday 7th October F riday 7 th O ctober Ben's portrayal of Michael Jackson is the most vocally and visually accurate tribute to the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres. He is joined on the stage by an incredible band and dancers who perform all the hits. He's got the look, the moonwalk and above all, the voice. Pure MJ!

THE POWER OF LOVE The Music of Céline Dion T 1th O Tuesday uesday 1 11th October ctober One woman, one voice... but what a voice! Finally, an opportunity to

sit and watch, sing, clap along and dance as an exceptional group of live musicians re-create the superb songbook of Céline Dion. Performed by a genuine one-of-a kind songbird, this isn't a tribute - this is so much more, this is Vegas on location - The Power of Love.

CLASSIC ROCK USA Wednesday 12th October W ednesday 1 2th O ctober A heart pumping, drum beating, pulsating Rock extravaganza featuring hits from Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and the ‘Boss’ himself Bruce Springsteen. An epic journey of all things rock, as the totally awesome cast and band brings down the house with only the very best selections of these three great artists.

LEGEND OF A BAND Moody Blues Trribute F riday 1 4th O ctober Friday 14th October Enjoy the music of the Moody Blues in the company of five legendary musicians, singers and songwriters. Drummer Gordy Marshall and keyboard player Paul Bliss performed together with The Moody Blues for over 20 years. They are joined by current 10cc

lead singer Mick Wilson, Tim Maple (Leona Lewis and Westlife guitarist) plus Malcolm Moore (James Blunt and Joss Stone's bass player).

OTHER OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE Chas ‘n’ Dave, Think Floyd, Charlie Landsborough, Jimmy Osmond and Elaine Paige. Plus more music from Let’s Hang On, Are Yo ou Experienced? The Jimi Hendrix Tribute, Sensational 60s Experience and Killer Queen. Comedy comes from Ross Noble and Rob Beckett, plus there is Ballet Swan Lake, Opera - Verdi Aida, Steve Backshall’s Wild World, Ministry Of Science Live and Talents Of Britain.

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Local Life

ABOVE: The awe-inspiring Marble Hall of Surrey House in Norwich. Home to the insurance giant Aviva and still a working office, the building incorporates a variety of fabulous details and even features (centre) an innovative Edwardian air conditioning system

A treasure trove of architectural wonders... It took 12 years to build, used over 15 different types of marble, and is one of the most stunning, ornate examples of Edwardian architecture in England. Richard Parr pays a visit to Surrey House


ffice buildings aren’t usually noted for their grand architecture, but staff working for insurance giant Aviva in the centre of Norwich can claim to spend their working days in what can only be described as an absolutely stunning architectural gem. Surrey House, on Surrey Street, can rightly lay claim to being one of the most stunning, ornate examples of Edwardian architecture in England. Stepping from the busy street into the magnificent Marble Hall is a jawdropping experience. It’s a true visual feast, and this amazing chamber uses

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15 different types of marble, some of which were originally intended for London’s Westminster Cathedral. It’s almost impossible to prepare yourself for your first sight of Surrey House and its astonishing interior where the beauty of marble and the skills of the architect have combined to create a quite unique spectacle. Built on the site of the house of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-47), the building was started in 1900 and opened for business four years later – although building work continued until 1912. It is widely accepted that the design (with its various Greek and masonic

symbols) is a credit to architect George Skipper’s individuality, but there’s also evidence of the influence of Charles Arthur Bathurst Bignold, a descendent of the original founder of Norwich Union. Skipper incorporated the themes of insurance, protection and wellbeing in the design of the building, aiming to reassure policyholders of the Society’s strength and prosperity. Interestingly, although the style is Palladian outside the entrance hall and English Renaissance inside, it was actually built at the start of the 20th century. As a result of the architect’s imaginative design skills, the building


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incorporates clever devices making it appear older than it actually is. Logistical difficulties in London meant the marble intended for Westminster couldn’t be used and was sold off at a discount price. Skipper persuaded the directors of Norwich Union that they couldn’t pass up such a bargain purchase – and Skipper set to work. Relatively expensive to obtain, it doubled the budget for the interior decoration to over £6,000 – a sum which before the First World War was a veritable King’s ransom. Once inside the Marble Hall, visitors are almost left breathless by the glass domed ceiling, which measures 11 metres in diameter and is supported by no less than 40 columns. If that wasn’t innovative enough, the temperature in the spacious hall is controlled by a revolutionary Edwardian air conditioning system that uses a peculiar structure resembling a water fountain – it was considered unique for its time. The base of the fountain is decorated with marble inlays and a lion’s head, while eight pillars of rare Tuscan marble support its top. The fountain itself is decorated with a host of symbols, including a fleur de lys,


a rose, a harp, a lion, a shamrock and an extraordinary winged lightning bolt. This was considered Skipper’s own testimony to the radical approach to architecture adopted for the Surrey House project. There are further architectural delights in store, because lurking in a corner is the main grand staircase in which six different types of marble are employed. One can gaze in wonder at the most beautiful stained glass window and further above, the richly painted ceiling. The combined effect can only be described as simply stunning. The famous chiming skeleton clock which stands at the top of the staircase was made by John Moore & Son for the Great Exhibition staged at Crystal Palace in 1851. Unsold at the Exhibition, the clock was acquired 12 years later for a mere 200 guineas by surgeon Joseph Langhorn. A wealthy doctor, Langhorn offered it to Norwich Union, and following his death in 1878 it was moved to Norwich and has remained there ever since. One of the most striking rooms is the Boardroom on the first floor, filled with a diversity of rich colours, styles and textures. The wall panelling is of mahogany with beautifully-carved

swags, copies of famous carvings crafted by Gibbons at Burghley House. The paintings which adorn the ceiling were created by George Murray and symbolise issues concerning life, death, time and (of course) the benefits of protection and insurance. In sharp contrast and of striking modern design is the Atrium which was opened in May 2006. It cleverly combines contemporary design with fresh, modern facilities culminating in a glass roof design. The spectacular domed roof is 16 metres in height, incorporates 120 tonnes of steel and some 200 panes of glass. The Atrium also serves as the main restaurant and café area for the company’s staff. The Colman Room is named in recognition of the close links that existed between the then Norwich Union and the firm established by Jeremiah Colman in 1814. Jeremiah James Colman, nephew of the founder of Colman’s, was one of the first directors of Commercial Union and became it first chairman in 1870. Although Surrey House isn’t a tourist attraction in the usual sense, it is a member of the Norwich 12 group of historic buildings, and it’s hard to imagine a more stunning interior – outside of an opulent stately home such as Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire or Castle Howard in Yorkshire. Today it remains a working office building, but visitors are welcome during office hours (9-5 Monday to Friday) and entrance is free of charge. It’s advisable that visitors wishing to look inside the Marble Hall at the front of Surrey House call or book in advance to ensure a guide is available so they can make the most of their visit. The Marble Hall is widely considered to be an astonishing example of Edwardian architecture that speaks volumes about the wealth of the former Norwich Union company at the turn of the 20th century.

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Where there’s a will, there’s a specialist way... How the expertise of Fraser Dawbarns can make all the difference to your case


or over 170 years, Fraser Dawbarns has served generations of local people and businesses with a friendly, high-quality legal service – and with over 100 staff in offices in King’s Lynn, Wisbech, Downham Market and March, the company is now one of the largest law firms in the area. Having those resources has enabled Fraser Dawbarns to build and develop a team of solicitors with widely different specialisms, providing a personal, approachable service that’s relevant to the specific needs of their clients. One of those solicitors is Janet Lane, a highly experienced litigator who specialises in contentious probate. A member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), Janet is actually one of the very few local specialists in the field of challenging wills and making claims against estates, disputes and trusts. Although the majority of wills are not contested, it has become increasingly common for people to challenge them or to make claims against a testator’s

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estate when they believe provisions should have been made for them. “Contesting a will because you feel it’s not ‘right’ or ‘fair’ isn’t a sufficient reason in itself on which to base a legal challenge,” says Janet. “It’s a complex area of the law and inevitably arises at a distressing time, which is why having a specialist solicitor well-versed in the field can be invaluable.” Valid causes for challenging a will include the belief that it was forged, coerced, or not signed in accordance with the correct legal formalities; the possibility the testator didn’t have the appropriate mental capacity at the time it was made; or because the testator made promises to you on which you relied to your detriment. Janet will help you decide if you do have a claim against a will – and can also help when no will exists at all. “If someone dies without a will, their estate passes in accordance with the rules of intestacy,” Janet explains, “but the operation of those rules can be challenged. If you feel they don’t make

reasonable provision for you, then a valid legal challenge can be made.” Having a specialist such as Janet on your side means that your case can be handled more efficiently and more effectively – making a very real difference to costs and to the eventual outcome. And that’s what makes Fraser Dawbarns such a refreshingly different law firm.

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ABOVE: Long known as the Exorcist’s House, this small cottage at the end of Chapel Lane in King’s Lynn is shrouded in mystery. No one seems to know exactly when it was built, and no one seems to know for sure how it earned its name.

The perfect local ghost story for Halloween... Take an old house on the edge of a churchyard, add a touch of black magic and the sighting of a ghost, and you’ve got a real tale on your hands. Alison Gifford takes a look at the Exorcist’s House


ctober is, of course, the month when more things go bump in the night than usual, and King’s Lynn has a rich legacy of spooky houses, haunted pubs, mysterious locations and creepy characters from the past. The fascinating story of the Exorcist’s House is perfect for Halloween, however, as it manages to combine the ingredients of an old house, a ghost and hints of black magic into a single, decidedly odd tale.


This intriguing little house at the end of Chapel Lane features the date 1635 on its grand Dutch gable – and piled against the north wall of the building are old gravestones from St Nicholas Chapel, which sits just a few yards away across the graveyard. The date is oddly out of proportion to the tiny cottage, and it was perhaps built on the site of a previous house which did indeed belong to an exorcist – as it seems highly unlikely the new religious sensibilities of the

Reformation would have allowed such a name at a time when exorcism was officially regarded as medieval superstition. Nevertheless, the Church of England has always retained dedicated staff experienced in dealing with exorcism, deliverance and the paranormal – and the last 30 years have seen an upsurge in demands for exorcisms as television, films, magazines and the internet fuel modern credulity, making such beliefs in the paranormal (and the threat of KLmagazine October 2016

demonic possession) acceptable once again. One of the most notorious residents of the Exorcist’s House was Frank Buckley who as F.R. Buckley was a wellknown BBC broadcaster during the 1950s and who contributed to many plays and documentaries about the paranormal and murders with a local setting. For example, at 6.35pm on 9th August 1952 he introduced a programme for the Light Programme called “The Haunted Ship: A Voyage in the Cutty Sark” (the ship’s master mariner Richard Woodget is buried at Burnham Norton) and from 1959 onwards he made several contributions to a weekly crime programme called “Guilty Party” – where the public turned detective and Buckley was presented as an expert on the criminal mind. Although most of F.R. Buckley’s broadcasts have now been lost to us (inadvertently boosting his enigmatic character!) he can still be seen presenting a dark and brooding 1972 documentary about the Victorian double murder at Stanfield Hall called “The Stanfield Horror” (see panel). A witness to this eccentric resident of the Exorcist’s House was the late Professor Eric Talbot, in a recollection of his stay in King’s Lynn in 1963: “After years of being an undergraduate and postgraduate archaeology student at Cardiff, I was appointed to be recorder to the King’s Lynn Archaeological Survey. The appointment was made by Sir David Wilson of the British Museum and the redoubtable Professor Eleanora CarusWilson, a specialist in medieval North Sea trade. Patron of the survey was Lady Fermoy, a great chum of the Queen Mother. “On many an evening with no traffic around, I used to be seen wandering about the streets with two cameras round my neck, undertaking a complete photographic survey of the area of the medieval borough. “However, I failed to photograph one cottage next to St Nicholas’ Church. On each occasion that I attempted to take a photograph, the shutters jammed. “Eventually, the occupant [Frank Buckley] came down and told me that I would be unable to succeed in my venture because as he was a Wizard (I jest not!) he would continue to prevent me photographing his home. “He did, however, take me inside and showed me an amazing collection of

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the occult and told me he was an adviser to Norfolk Constabulary on black magic rites. “I excused myself, and hastened down the path whilst clutching my crucifix!” By 1976 Frank Buckley had died (which perhaps explains why we were able to obtain photographs of his former home to accompany this feature!) and his wife moved to America to her daughter’s home, leaving the Exorcist’s House empty. In stepped local businessman Arthur West, who’d always been fascinated by the house. Thinking of retirement and leaving the grace and favour flat above the insurance business he managed in the Tuesday Market Place, Arthur bought the Exorcist’s House at auction. But his future lay in another direction, as he soon met his future wife and started a new life with two stepdaughters – a family too large for the small cottage, which remained empty. However, one winter’s day on the way back from school, Arthur’s stepdaughters saw lights on in the house, and peering through a window saw the fire lit and an elderly lady sitting in a chair with a cat on her lap.


On hearing this, Arthur was astonished to recognise a description of Mrs Buckley – although his stepdaughters had never met her. Had she returned from America and kept the key to her former home? On investigating, Arthur found the house as dark and empty as usual. Curious, he managed to trace the daughter of Mrs Buckley in America, who related the news that her mother had died recently – on the very day the girls saw what could only have been her ghost in the Exorcist’s House. In closing this intriguing account, I can also add an odd story which happened when I was telling this tale to a group of students during a lighthearted Ghost Walk in King’s Lynn. One young man had a torch with him, and I asked him to highlight the date cartouche on the gable end of the Exorcist’s House. He only did this for a few seconds before dropping the torch. It had become “red hot,” he explained, and had burned his hand! The story of the Exorcist’s House is a mysterious one indeed – and I’m sure there are more secrets waiting to be discovered in its long and spooky history.

ABOVE: F.R. Buckley presenting the 1972 BBC East production On Camera: The Stanfield Horror, which told the story of the Stanfield Hall murders of 1848. Buckley was the enigmatic resident of the Exorcist’s House in King’s Lynn during the 1960s-70s. At one time, the house featured a rather appropriate weathervane (below)

Alison Gifford is the author of Ghosts and Legends of Lynn, which is available from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in King’s Lynn If you’re interested in seeing F.R. Buckley for yourself, his half-hour programme on the Stanfield Hall murders can be viewed thanks to the pioneering preservation and conservation work of The East Anglian Film Archive. The film is located at

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Taking the first steps to a first choice future KL magazine talks to Executive Headteacher Andy Johnson about the continued success of Springwood Sixth Form and the perfect balance between academic achievement and extra-curricular challenge...


here’s always a sense of excitement in the Sixth Form of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, which is hardly surprising given an ethos of attainment, inspiration and progress – and the partnership of the four highest-performing schools in West Norfolk. But for the West Norfolk Academies Trust Sixth Form, based at Springwood High School in King’s Lynn, there’s more excitement than usual at the moment as Executive Headteacher Andy Johnson recently announced the best A Level results in the school’s


history (see panel opposite), obtaining a hugely impressive 82% for Grades A*-C. “Examination results are hard fought for by staff, by parents and by the students,” says Andy. “It is truly wonderful to see the dedication and work ethic of our students, alongside the tireless support of our staff and parents, and it’s extremely rewarding to receive such truly outstanding results this year.” It’s a sentiment echoed by Roger Livesey, Chair of Governors and Chair of the West Norfolk Academies Trust. “All the governors and trustees are

I felt completely supported throughout my time at Sixth Form – and the great teaching, mentoring and support I received helped me achieve the results I needed. In the event, I declined my place at Oxford in favour of a management training contract at Rolls-Royce and I haven’t looked back since. I’m currently managing a million-pound portfolio of manufacturing systems projects and am completing my Masters in Engineering Business Management at Warwick University. – Marcus Hawes Engineering Business Management Rolls Royce

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I could never describe my feelings when I opened my results and discovered I’d be going to my first choice university. I know that I’d never have been able to get where I am now without the support I was given at Springwood Sixth Form. At all times I was encouraged to work hard and to persevere despite any adversity. ose two years were so rewarding and enjoyable for me – from the challenging work to the building of life-lasting friendships. justifiably proud of our Sixth Form,” he says. “This year’s results demonstrate that our Sixth Form provision is truly outstanding – and our student progress measures now place it in the top 20% nationally.” The guiding principle of the Sixth Form is that it’s not really about the Sixth Form per se – it’s about what comes after. “I think everyone recognises that Sixth Form is a major stepping stone to the future,” says Andy, “and while not all students want the same future, they do want to be competitive, they do want to achieve the best academic results they can, and they do want access to enriching and rewarding extra-curricular experiences.” Here students enjoy an environment that’s large enough to allow specialism but small enough to offer personalised support and challenges. This is a Sixth

– Regina Legarte Currently studying Anthropology London School of Economics Form that’s about much more than just A Levels. It’s about developing personally through initiatives such as the Duke of Edinburgh awards; it’s about volunteering in (and engaging with) the local community; and it’s about giving something back through supporting the lower school students. It’s also about the Extended Project Qualification, an entirely independent (but fully mentored) piece of work that requires students to plan, undertake and evaluate a project of their choice – whether that’s a mini dissertation, artefact, performance or report. “Undertaking an EPQ isn’t just the chance for students to explore an area of personal interest,” says Andy. “It’s a great way of encouraging the

Springwood Sixth Form ReSulTS 2016 82% A*-C grades and 23% A*-A grades at A Level 100% A*-E grades at A Level 40 Norfolk Scholars (students achieving at least A/B/B at A Level) 88% A*-A for Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ) 25 Duke of Edinburgh GOLD Awards KLmagazine October 2016

independent study and critical thinking that top employers and universities desire. The Sixth Form is rightly regarded as a centre of excellence in the delivery of the EPQ.” Outreach is another big part of Sixth Form life – departmental trips are encouraged and a long-standing speaker programme has brought students face-to-face with such inspirational figures as the explorer Alistair Humphreys, entrepreneur Will Kings (of King of Shaves fame) and Emily Cummins, the young woman whose sustainable designs have resulted her winning the Barclays Woman of the Year Award and being judged one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People in the World. “We also host regular visits by universities and welcome guest lecturers to our Lunchtime Lecture programme,” says Andy. “Events such as these underline the fact that our Sixth Form students are expected to work hard and be challenged – but A friendly atmosphere and exceptional teaching is what makes Springwood Sixth Form an obvious choice for higher education. e amazing commitment by staff members helped me achieve an A* and two A’s. I am currently undergoing an apprenticeship in a local accountancy firm, and I have no doubt that these grades boosted my credentials and opened up vast opportunities for me. I would have no hesitation in recommending Springwood Sixth Form to anyone wanting to achieve the best they can and look forward to a successful future. – Paul Richardson Accountancy Apprenticeship


I thoroughly enjoyed every moment at Springwood Sixth Form and was offered a variety of opportunities I wouldn’t have experienced elsewhere, such as a question-and-answer session in Parliament with local MP Henry Bellingham. e Sixth Form had frequent social events which were excellent ways of engaging with the whole Sixth Form and taking a step back from revision. Most importantly, the atmosphere was the ideal setting for achieving quality A Level results, as was proven (again!) this year. I was very pleased with my A and two B’s and am about to start a higher level apprenticeship within the Civil Service. – Erin McNeil Apprenticeship, Civil Service

My time at Springwood Sixth Form was very enjoyable. A Levels require constant hard work and determination, but the encouragement and the total support of the Sixth Form team makes your success an achievable goal. I am so grateful for the opportunities that were presented to me throughout my studies, for preparing me so well for the future, and for enabling me to continue my education at the University of Birmingham. – Lauren Belcher Studying Physiotherapy University of Birmingham

also that they have a wider network of professional support they can call on as and when needed.” The success of the Sixth Form has also been enhanced by a continuing programme of investment in the facilities themselves. The study areas have doubled in size (and will expand My education at Springwood Sixth Form set me up to study Law at York far better than I could have imagined. e friendly staff supported me throughout my studies and they always encouraged me to push myself that extra mile. e extended project really opened my eyes to topics beyond the curriculum, and having this experience was particularly beneficial during university interviews and in writing my personal statement. As I enter the final year of my Law degree, I know the academic and personal development I received at Springwood Sixth Form helped make all of this possible. – Rebecca Williams Studying Law, University of York


further over the coming year) and no less than six members of staff work exclusively in the Sixth Form supporting students – providing a learning structure that has mentoring embedded within it. The Sixth Form has enjoyed sustained improvement over the last six years, aimed at providing a world-class education to the students of West Norfolk, enabling those with ambition, desire and high expectations to realise their true potential – and to enjoy their first choice future. “We never like to rest on our laurels, so it’s really only when I hear about the successful paths that past students are now following that I truly appreciate the amazing work we’re doing here,” says Andy Johnson. “Nothing is more rewarding than knowing you’ve helped young people make the right decisions and that you’ve made a real difference to their lives. That’s our promise. That’s our Sixth Form.”

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Stimulating, challenging, exciting and rewarding. And that’s just your first day. N ow in its sixth successful year, KL magazine is the area’s leading lifestyle magazine and delivers a high-quality mix of local interest, stunning photography and fascinating stories to readers around the region every month. As you can imagine, it’s an incredibly stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work – and no two days are ever the same. KL magazine is now expanding in new directions. We’re bringing out new publications and working on exciting new projects, and that means we’re now looking for some enthusiastic people with bags of personality to help us take the business even further forward. We’re currently looking for a Field Sales executive and an office Administrator to join our close-knit, vibrant and talented team – and the good news is that you won’t simply become part of a wider operation. We’re a small independent company, and every single member of our team plays an integral part in the planning and production of the magazine. At KL magazine, every individual matters, everyone counts, and everyone makes a positive contribution to our success. And while we are interested in people who can tick all the boxes, we’re much more interested in people who can think outside them. If you’re passionate about local life and committed to making the most of your working day, we’d love to hear from you. Please e-mail Managing Director Laura Dunn at or write to us at the address below before Monday, 31st October 2016.

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An inspirational journey into Sixth Form... At Wisbech Grammar School, the 6th Form experience is a rewarding and fulfilling one – and one that brings out the very best in every pupil


t’s been another tremendously successful year for Wisbech Grammar School, and one that clearly demonstrates the school’s commitment to preparing pupils for a rewarding and fulfilling onward journey. “Our 6th Form offers a rewarding and fulfilling experience,” says Headmaster Chris Staley. “75% of our pupils went to their first choice of university and the rest went straight into work or apprenticeships – it speaks volumes for the efforts of the teaching body and to the amazing work of the pupils themselves.” Wisbech Grammar School has a dedicated 6th Form Centre with computer and study rooms, its own social area and communal areas for group work. While it enjoys a distinct identity, it remains very much part of the wider school community – which in itself offers pupils a real advantage and 32

widens the opportunities open to them, according to new Head of 6th Form Peter Timmis. “The 6th Form at Wisbech Grammar School is a number of different things,” says Peter, whose extensive pastoral experience in state and independent boarding sectors is combined with his teaching of Physics, Science and French. “Academic learning is very much our focus and is at the heart of everything we do, but our 6th Form is about opening as many doors as possible for pupils, and making their next step one that makes the most of their potential.” That involves looking beyond the classroom and preparing 6th Form pupils for the wider world with not just a series of impressive results. “The ethos of the 6th Form at Wisbech Grammar School is partly our response to what we’ve been increasingly hearing from universities

and employers,” says Chris Staley. “Academic achievement will always be very important, but employers are also looking for life skills, for employability, for resilience, initiative and independence – and that’s exactly what our 6th Form experience delivers.” It means offering pupils a huge amount of choice in terms of subjects, and giving them the option to study three or four A-levels – the former supported by an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) that develops and nurtures a pupil’s ownership and research skills in an area entirely of their own choosing. “Universities and employers don’t just want three A-levels any more,” says Peter Timmis. “They want to know what you’ve done that’s different and how you’ve used and applied your learning in different areas.” Indeed, that sense of pupils going KLmagazine October 2016

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have plenty of structure and support. “I come from a boarding background,” says Peter, “and I’ve always believed it’s vital to become fully invested with your pupils – with what they’re doing, with how they’re developing, and where they’re going. Yes, we want our 6th Formers to be fully engaged with their own learning process, but it’s equally important to provide them with a close-knit support mechanism should they ever need it.” That support is especially important for pupils joining the 6th Form from other schools and who may be new to the environment at Wisbech Grammar School. The smaller size of the Sixth Form makes settling in easier – and means pupils can get to know one another quickly. It’s an environment that welcomes pupils from other schools. There are opportunities of Academic and All Rounder Scholarships and the School has a Bursary programme that ranges from 5% to 100% (in exceptional circumstances) for those concerned about fees. “I like to say that Wisbech Grammar School provides an all-round education that inspires,” says Chris Staley, “and the purpose of our 6th Form is to take that provision successfully onto the next stage in a pupil’s life journey – whether that be in the academic or business world.”


above and beyond academic requirements is a key dimension of 6th Form life at Wisbech Grammar School. “It’s reassuring to know that we have more pupils taking Duke of Edinburgh Silver or Gold awards than ever before,” says Headmaster Chris Staley. “This scheme enables pupils to be outward looking and is a very strong indicator of extra-curricular commitment that can really boost a pupil’s UCAS reference or job application.” Embodying all the unique strengths of the education at Wisbech Grammar School, the Sixth Form offers added opportunities to take responsibility, establish increased independence and show leadership within the school. “In every echelon of the school there are opportunities for pupils to demonstrate leadership skills,” says Peter Timmis. “This can be in coaching sports, in reading to children in the prep school, or in leading cultural and academic activities with their peers. That’s one of the advantages of the 6th Form being part of a wider school community – in many ways it has a built-in mentoring programme that encourages empathy and compassion for fellow pupils.” But although 6th Form pupils at Wisbech Grammar School have the freedom to spread their wings, they also

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ABOVE: Ross Thomson of Fens Falconry puts the centre’s smallest bird (an American Kestrel named Roman) through his paces, while the centre’s biggest looks on (opposite) – Mrs Gilbert is a Steppe Eagle and weighs some 6lbs

Celebrating the art of falconry in the Fens... It was once the sport of kings, but falconry is now the preserve of dedicated enthusiasts with a commitment to the protection of birds of prey. Sylvia Steele visits the team at Fens Falconry


he open skies above the endless flat fenland are just begging for an injection of wildlife. It seems appropriate, therefore, that Fens Falconry chose to open its centre for the training of falcons and other hawks here, on the outskirts of Wisbech in 2013. “King’s Lynn used to be the main local port for importing birds,” says Section Head Mike Willis, “so with its open farmland, Wisbech was just the right

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environment for setting up our operation.” From starting with half a dozen birds in the back garden of a bungalow, Fen Falconry now own and fly 48 birds in their four-acre grounds. The smallest is an American Kestrel at 3½ ounces to a Steppe Eagle that weighs in at 6lbs. The daily routine of feeding, weighing and flying takes about six hours, and Mike’s adamant about their routine. “Each bird must be flown every day for exercise,” he says. “They’re not pets

but hunting birds – and they must be regarded as such.” A tour of the site takes in an area of cut lawns, hand-made fencing, and shelters with mesh frontage where the birds are lodged for the night plus areas where the birds spend the daylight hours – all of it erected by the group of volunteers who visit to help out on a daily basis. In a distant field, an owl was being given its exercise, a breathtaking spectacle of a bird in flight doing what


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nature intended before swooping down into the brush and on up to the hand of the handler. But is it a love of birds or the sport that’s so enthralling? “Both come together pretty naturally really,” says Mike. “From liking the idea of being up close to birds of prey, all you want to do is see them in flight. It’s something to do with control as well, I guess.” Falconry is, of course, the sport of hunting with a trained raptor. Its appeal is the bond established between human and bird of prey. It’s the only sport to have a wild animal as the central participant but it’s also the most demanding art of training a predatory bird to hunt with a human partner. It’s this challenge that makes it so popular, for training isn’t easy and not for everyone. Falconry became a rare accomplishment and, at the start an elitist sport with a long history, its glory days were indisputably the medieval period – when the most desirable birds were the property of the nobility. Each English castle was an echo of the Royal Court with an entourage of courtiers and large household staff among whom was the Falconer holding a prestigious position among the establishment’s retainers. The Falconer would speak Norman French, which is much in evidence in falconry language of today as in words like lure, mews and eyas (a young hawk). Falconry enjoyed many centuries of


aristocratic sport, but developed serious weaknesses in that its fortunes were bound to those of the nobility. At the start of the 20th century the sport had a few thousand enthusiasts worldwide – many in Asia and the Middle East where the old traditions had been kept alive. They remained passionate about raptors but with social changes their favourite sport began to be displaced by new ones. Birds of prey, once protected for the pleasure of the nobility, were seen as competitors for small game that human hunters wished to kill, and ironically, raptor shooting became a popular sport. The sport of falconry now rested in the hands of a few die-hards. Although hawking never died out completely, much like the old order it had just about passed away until, in the 1960s, raptors were regarded with indifference. But that attitude began to change as scientists, bird-watchers and falconers documented a decline in their population. The Endangered Species Act and government assistance brought protection to species such as peregrine falcons in danger of disappearing altogether. In England and the rest of Europe traditional falconry clubs still met, but many members were interested mainly in observation. Few people it seemed had the time, interest or money required to actually fly birds.

So what makes volunteers so keen to give up time to help out at Fens Falconry? “Most of our volunteers come from our Experience Open Days where visitors have the opportunity to hold a kestrel, falcon or hawk,” says Mike. “It goes back to that love of birds and wanting to get up close to them.” Fens Falconry also runs an Apprenticeship Diploma Scheme – a one year ‘on the job’ chance to work in animal training or animal care and welfare with visits every six weeks by an independent assessor and the chance to carry on to an Advanced Diploma. Demonstrations at game and country fairs throughout the country also keep the art of falconry alive, and to sustain spectator interest, Fens Falconry hold Falcon Flying Days working with a selection of raptors on designated days throughout the year. From now until February, Hunting Days involve trekking through the countryside with hawk and falconer and watching birds in a natural habitat – something that’s said not to be for the faint-hearted. But what a mind-blowing experience on a winter’s icy night to watch the hunting of owls by torchlight. The Owl Evening approach is an opportunity to witness owls flying when they work best – hunting in the dark. It’s a magical experience that grabs even the younger spectators’ attention. Fens Falconry is located on the outskirts of Wisbech, and for more details and information, you can contact Mike and his team by calling 01945 419086, by sending an e-mail to or by visiting the website at

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ABOVE: Wildlife cameraman Martin Hayward Smith filming ring-tailed lemurs at dawn in Madagascar. “I can truly say I wouldn’t change a day of my life,” he says from his home in Norfolk.

Martin Hayward Smith and the call of the wild From an early age, all he wanted to do was get as close as possible to the natural world. Clare Bee talks to wildlife cameraman Martin Hayward Smith about his globetrotting career


magine sitting for hours in a cold, damp hide in the middle of nowhere with only yourself for company. It’s not a prospect most of us would relish, but for Martin Hayward Smith it’s all in a day’s work, and it’s his chance to capture the fleeting moment of a barn owl hunting at dusk or the early morning foray of hares in a frosty field. “Most of the time I’m out there on my own,” says Martin. “I‘m in a world of stealth and silence and I let the world of nature come to me.” Born and brought up in Norfolk, Martin’s had the rare privilege of travelling all over the globe as a wildlife cameraman, filming with some of the world’s most recognised wildlife

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presenters, including Ray Mears and David Attenborough. Martin’s love of nature began at an early age at a time when children were able to roam freely and safely. He learned his fieldcraft and outdoor skills by simply being around nature and observing it. His constant companion was the Observer’s Book of Birds, where he ticked off birds and birds’ eggs as he saw them. His father, a local press photographer, bought him his first camera (which he proudly still possesses) and so began the life which has led him to all corners of the globe. Going out on photo shoots with his father, and then seeing the magic appear as he developed the images had

a major impact on him, as did seeing the film Born Free at the local cinema. “The story of the orphaned lion cub Elsa and her eventual release into the wild left a huge imprint in my head,” says Martin, “and I knew that one day I would go out there and do a safari.” Indeed, Martin eventually worked alongside conservationist George Adamson, whose work with Elsa was the basis for the film. As well as photography, Martin was also a keen artist, and applied to Great Yarmouth Art School – but although he was offered a place, his father persuaded him he should follow in the family tradition of joining the Royal Navy. Somewhat ironically, Martin found himself working on HMS


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ABOVE: Martin with the Wild France crew filming with Ray Mears in French alps, and (right) with the pioneering conservationist George Adamson in 1982


Chris took him on as his assistant, and consequently Martin’s work as a wildlife cameraman really started to take off. “Chris is still my friend and mentor,” says Martin. “From then on doors began to open at Survival, and I’d finally got where I wanted to be.” More work swiftly followed, from filming the eight-part series Wings for Channel 4 to A Wensum Year for Survival TV. One of Martin’s biggest breaks came when he was invited to work at the National Wildlife Unit based in Bristol. Through colleague Peter Crawford (with whom he was working on Living Britain) he was introduced to Mike Salisbury, who was then producing The Life of Birds with David Attenborough. This lead to other assignments, sometimes working with smaller units, but always knowing that for him, he had the best job in the world. “I still have to pinch myself and remind myself that here I am filming such amazing creatures,” he says. “One minute I can be filming the most bizarre tree kangaroos in Australia, thinking it can’t get any better and then I’m back in Europe working on Wild France with Ray Mears. It gives me an incredible buzz!” One of Martin’s proudest accomplishments has been his recent book My Year With Hares, photographed in and around Norfolk. With unlimited access to various private locations in North Norfolk, Martin was able to film never-seen-before behaviour in these “iconic, spiritual and magical” creatures. With the book taking the form of

diary entries, it shows the changes in the hares’ behaviour amid the stunning and sometimes stark Norfolk landscape. After so much globetrotting, Martin has decided to try to stay a bit nearer home for a while. He’s currently filming The Enchanted Forest at a local venue for a Japanese television company and also an eight-part series for Channel 5 on puppies. “It’s very different and it’s a lot of fun,” he says, “and it’s also off the wall, as we’re filming at puppy height!” He’s also planning another book in the not too distant future. “I can truly say I wouldn’t change a day of my life,” says Martin, as he looks out from his home in the Norfolk countryside. With buzzards wheeling overhead, barn owls perching on nearby posts and daily sightings of kingfishers flashing along the river at the end of his garden, you can certainly understand why. For for details and information on the work of Martin, please see his website at PICTURES: MARTIN HAYWARD SMITH

Yarmouth and taking part in the ‘Cod Wars’ of the 1970s. During his time in the navy, Martin travelled the world, from Oman and Karachi and around Africa – and soon became a ship’s diver, developing a love of underwater life. When he left after five years, he went on to work on oil rig supply ships, where his working schedule of six weeks on and six weeks off gave him the flexibility to travel the world. “I’d pack a bag, buy an airline ticket and go wherever I liked, camera in hand,” he says. On one of these trips he tried to contact George Adamson, eventually obtaining his address from National Geographic. He received a reply to his letter asking if he could work with George, saying that while there was no work he was more than welcome to come and spend some time with him. So Martin spent the spring of 1982 photographing and experiencing animals up close in their natural habitat. He continued to apply to television companies for work as a wildlife cameraman, but was still regretting turning down that college art course. So in 1983 he applied for a photography course at Southport College of Art. Having completed the course, he was still itching to film wildlife and spotted an article in the local press about Anglia Television’s Survival series on housemartins being filmed at Gooderstone in Norfolk. He couldn’t believe it was so close, and contacted the local cameraman Chris Knights, offering his services.

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ABOVE: Peggy Spencer and her husband Frank in London in 1950 – the couple were one of the most successful dance partnerships in the world and were appointed MBEs in 1977 in recognition of their services to the world of dance.

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or millions of us, autumn isn’t just the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – it also heralds the return of Strictly Come Dancing to our television screens. People across the country and around the world tune in to marvel at the professional dancers’ amazing abilities, not to mention the sparkles, the spray tans and the finelyhoned bodies. Dancing has enjoyed a true renaissance in the last few years, but there was one local woman who was


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would sit down with her notebook and mark the contestants out of ten – and she invariably came up with the same score as Len!” Peggy discovered her love of dance in the dark days of the Second World War. A talented young woman, she had originally planned to make a career as a pianist, but then became interested in politics and held ambitions to become a politician herself. But war intervened, and when Peggy married and had two children, she had little time for pursuing a career.

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When she started teaching youngsters with her sister-in-law to dance as a way of helping them through the tough war-torn times, she was immediately hooked, and dancing soon became her life, her love and eventually her career. Although her first marriage wasn’t successful and eventually lead to a divorce, Peggy found happiness with her second husband Frank Spencer, and they went on to become one of the most successful dancing partnerships in the world. They both believed that dancing was for everyone, and taught all levels of dancers for over 50 years at their dancing school in Penge in southeast London, from the very beginners to top professionals. They also believed in teamwork and formed and trained their Formation Dancing Teams, who went on to compete all over the world. Peggy would plan the choreography meticulously, using peas and beans to work out the routine – the peas being the women and the beans the men! “My mother developed her formation routines by choosing the music first,” explains Helena. “If, for example, she was planning a routine based on Shirley Bassey numbers, she would select the right music to fit the theme, then plan the choreography. The impact was fantastic!” After the music and the carefully planned choreography came the rehearsals, and Peggy and Frank often rehearsed the teams late into the night before competitions, as nothing less than perfect was ever acceptable. But their hard work resulted in the presentation of no less than eight Carl Davis Awards (the equivalent of the Oscars in the world of dancing) and an MBE for their services to the world of dance. When Eric Morley introduced ballroom dancing to the BBC with Come Dancing in 1949, he approached Peggy, asking her to be involved in it, choreographing and judging the dancers. Come Dancing was a competitive programme with members of the public from all over the country competing against each other both as individual couples and as part of formation teams. They represented separate regions, and Peggy and Frank’s formation teams represented the southeast of England for the near 50 years the programmes was aired. Peggy was actually involved in every single Come Dancing programme until

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A LIFE IN DANCE: Peggy Spencer and her husband (top left) with the British Formation Trophy. Her talent – and passion – for dancing led her to a world of famous faces, including Bruce Forsyth (top right), Anton Du Beke (above left) and Prince Rainier (pictured above right with Peggy in Monte Carlo)


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ABOVE: Peggy Spencer with the Victor Sylvester Dance Club (left) and as a suitably surprised guest on Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise (above). Below, Peggy celebrates her 95th birthday with her daughter Helena.

it came off air in 1998. Following that, she was asked to be part of a touring dance show called Burn The Floor, which was to be taken all over the world. Strictly Come Dancing followed soon after, taking couples who had been part of Burn The Floor to be in the show so many of us now look forward to so eagerly every autumn. Peggy was very flattered to be offered the position of hosting Strictly, but told producers they should get someone younger for the role, being over 80 at the time. She was highly amused when Bruce Forsyth, whom she knew well and was also getting on in years, accepted the role instead! In the late 1970s, after Frank died and the couple’s beloved dancing school was demolished to make way for housing, Peggy decided to retire to West Norfolk to be nearer Helena, but even then she wasn’t ready to hang up her dancing shoes. She started a beginners’ class in Terrington and taught at a tea dance in Gaywood where she was still teaching well into her 90s. She also helped with local groups, teaching exercise to those who were housebound or disabled. She loved to share her enthusiasm by giving talks to local groups about her lifetime’s work and was in great demand as an after dinner speaker. She was asked to be Deputy Mayoress of King’s Lynn from 2001 to 2002, and thoroughly enjoyed her role, visiting schools and groups across the region. Peggy always thought that dancing is


an excellent all-round exercise, using every muscle and keeping the brain active as well. She also believed it to be a great social asset, allowing people of all abilities to mix. “Her main love, however, was teaching beginners,” says Helena. “She found immense satisfaction in taking a class of people with two left feet and then, after a course of 12 weeks, seeing them capable of dancing at a wedding or on a cruise.” Over her long and illustrious life, Peggy taught many well known people. She was invited to Monaco to teach Prince Rainier and Princess Grace and their children to dance, she choreographed routines for everyone from The Beatles to Rudolf Nureyev, and was asked (on two occasions) to appear at Buckingham Palace to entertain the staff. She was also involved in the careers of many of

today’s Strictly stars, including Len Goodman, Anton Du Beke, and choreographer Richard Marcel – who she started training when he was only 8 years old! She spent many happy hours assisting with the production and choreography of television shows where dancing was involved, particularly enjoying her visits to the Blue Peter set, on no fewer than 13 occasions! She was even the subject of television shows herself, appearing on both Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise and This Is Your Life with Michael Aspel. Peggy’s contribution to the world of dance is unsurpassed, and her enthusiasm and joy was with her right to the end of her long and successful life. Her legacy is that there is enjoyment and fun for everyone at whatever level – you just have to keep on dancing!

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ither a city in an orchard or an orchard in a city” is how Tudor Norwich was described in the reign of Elizabeth I, when it seems that a fruit tree was planted in equal measure for every house built. From a nation that has grown more than 2,000 varieties, plus hundreds more cider apples, only a small percentage has retained popularity to this day. Norfolk has lost more than 50% of its orchards in the last 50 years alone with varieties like Norwich Jubilee, Autumn Glory and Colonel Harbord’s Pippin consigned to the record books along with many more. There are around 250 known East Anglian apple varieties with possibly

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hundreds identified only from written records. Norfolk’s earliest written account of apples is from the 13th century, describing how a farmer paid his annual rent with 400 apples and four hogheads of cider – but man’s interest in apple trees dates back to prehistoric times. The common or wild apple is native to Europe and Western Asia with petrified remains of apple slices on saucers found in tombs dating back over 5,000 years; the Greeks and Romans planted apple trees throughout their empires and the fruit’s healing properties were recognised by medical practitioners wherever the tree appeared. The original British tree is the Crab Apple, some cultivated in orchards

but mostly found growing wild in hedgerows. The little-known Five Crowned Pippin is one of Norfolk’s oldest surviving apples (first recorded as being from the medieval period) but most are thought to derive from the last 300 years. During the 19th century, the county’s larger estates were instrumental in the introduction of many new species. While Mr. Penny, Head Gardener on the Royal Estate, raised the Sandringham (a large green-skinned apple with red stripes), Norwich-based nurseryman George Lindley, father of John Lindley (the co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society) introduced several other varieties during this period.


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ABOVE: The Kingston Black apple, a bitter and sharp vintage cider apple that dates from the late 19th century and is one of the many historically-important varieties grown in the organic gardens at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham.

Small private orchards featured throughout the county until, in the agricultural depression of the late 19th century, the clay soils of Norfolk and the fenland around Wisbech were looking increasingly attractive to many farmers to plant large commercial orchards. But every generation, every decade, leaves a unique legacy of one fashionable plant – and despite more than two-thirds of the county’s orchards having disappeared, nearly 40 Norfolk apple varieties still exist. Last recorded in 1920, the Norfolk Dumpling, a pale yellowy-green apple with relatively short season from September to October, was recently discovered in a North Creake rectory walled garden – along with the Golden Jubilee, which (according to village records) was planted on Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. Martin Skipper, of the East of England Apples and Orchard Project, has confirmed this discovery matches


written records. “It’s a proper gardener’s apple,” he says, “and though it was first recorded in 1827 it was presumed lost until now.” Located in West Raynham, the EEAOP (it’s a registered charity) is working to ensure a future for local fruits and orchards. Their stated aim is “to preserve local significance, genetic diversity and local food sources as well as landscape and wildlife values.” Gressenhall Rural Life Museum just outside Dereham helps ensure a sustainable future for historic local apples in their orchard, which was planted in the 1920s on the site of the former workhouse burial ground. The Museum holds an annual Apple Day

festival in October with autumnal festivities; as does Oxborough Hall. At both venues, with the support of EEAOP, visitors are encouraged to bring their own apples for identification. According to British folklore, it is customary on Twelfth Night to ‘wassail’ the oldest apple tree in the orchard to ward off evil spirits and beg the tree to produce a better harvest next year. The oldest tree is named Apple Tree Man and is the guardian of all the trees in the orchard. One local heritage garden listed in the Daily Telegraph’s ‘ten orchards to visit guide’ is Swaffham Green Britain Centre’s landscaped organic gardens, which contain a heritage seed area and an orchard with over 50 types of traditional Norfolk fruit trees dating back over two hundred years. Swaffham’s community orchard, Swaefas Swale, is cared for by trained volunteers supported by Heritage Lottery funding. Friends of Swaffham Orchard, led by Family Action, have restored the young orchard that contains around 150 young trees including 50 heritage trees and 50 cider apple trees. Their aim is to use traditional techniques and create an orchard to be enjoyed year-long. Improvements to the site were awarded the ‘Grow Your Own Award’ by Anglia in Bloom judges in 2014. Whilst fruit growers have been introducing a variety of apple species, their efforts have been constrained by commercial specifications and inevitably, orchards have been destroyed to develop land for other crops and housing. Common Ground is a London-based Arts & Environmental Charity formed in 1983 to alert people to our heritage, prevent further loss of orchards, extinction of some fruits and celebrate the richness and diversity of our landscape and culture. On 21st October 1990, Common Ground launched the first Apple Day in the old Covent Garden Apple Market when fruit was brought to the market after 16 years’ absence. The idea of a day of Apple Awareness became popular and the number of Apple Day events organised around the country increased from more than sixty in 1991 to over six hundred in 1999. Modern trends show increasing awareness of our fruit heritage as, every autumn, thousands of people attend Apple Day festivals. Each one presents a different approach but the ultimate aim is to display and taste the country’s orchard produce.

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Jamaican Style Goat Curry Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS 800g diced goat meat 200g goat bones cut into pieces 2 medium onions, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, finely grated 1 scotch bonnet chilli, deseeded and sliced 2 tsp allspice ½ tsp ground cloves 3 tsp mild curry powder 2 tsp flaked sea salt ½ tsp white pepper 1 large sprig of thyme 500g tomato passata 500ml water Juice and zest of 1 lime 2 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 tablespoon molasses or black treacle 1 tablespoon mango chutney

METHOD 1 The night before, season the goat meat. In a bowl mix the goat meat, sliced onion, garlic, scotch bonnet, allspice, ground cloves, curry powder, salt & pepper. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight. 2 The next day, preheat the oven to 200°c, place the bones on a roasting tray and roast for 30 minutes 3 From the marinated goat, remove the onion and scotch bonnet from the mixture, set to one side, as you will use them later. 4 Heat the oil in a large saucepan on a high heat. Brown the meat to seal in

the juices, for about 2 minutes. Add the onion and scotch bonnet that you set aside and cook for a further 2 minutes. 5 Add the bones along with the water, passata, molasses, chutney, thyme zest and juice of the lime. Give a good stir, turn down and bring it to a gentle simmer. 6 Cook for 2 hours keeping an eye on it, adding more water if needed and stirring occasionally to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan. 7 Remove the bones and the thyme before adding the potatoes. Cook for a further ½ an hour. The meat should be tender and the sauce rich and thick.

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Slow-Cooked Pulled Lamb Shoulder Moroccan flavours, Isra aeli tabouleh, labneh and pomegranate & aubergine kofftta... 1. LAMB LAMB 1. Stab the lamb all over, push garlic cloves into the holes. Rub with the ras el hanout and leave in a fridge overnight to marinate. Add all the other ingredients to a deep roasting tray. Cover with the lamb stock, tin foil the tray and cook on 165 degrees for 4 hours. After 2 hours turn the meat over. After the 4 hours total leave the lamb to cool and the pull off the meat from the bone. Add salt and pepper. 2. 2. YOGURT YOGURT Add the salt to the yoghurts and hang the mixture in the fridge in the muslin/cloth overnight with a bowl underneath to catch the whey. Empty the yoghurt from the cloth into a bowl and stir.

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A KL magazine reader visits the Thai Royale in Gaywood for an authentically exotic treat...


was so pleased to hear that a Thai restaurant and takeaway had opened in Gaywood as it’s a welcome and much-needed addition to our town’s dining option. I took my father to the Thai Royale on a Wednesday evening (it’s worth noting that there’s parking available at the rear entrance of the restaurant) and was greeted by a lovely Thai girl who showed us to our table – it’s a small restaurant but that only adds to the very friendly and personal atmosphere. The owner (and head chef) came out to introduce herself which was a lovely touch and put us at ease. It’s worth noting that the Thai Royale doesn’t have an alcohol licence, so diners are encouraged to bring their own bottle (there’s a £1 charge for corkage) if they want to drink. We hadn’t realised this, but nipped out and were soon back perusing the newly-extended menu. To begin, we ordered the mixed starters for two – which included Thai fish cakes, springs rolls, pork toast, satay chicken and spicy crackers. It was presented beautifully on a raised stand with three elephants (see picture). The starters were so tasty I had to ask how they were made – and the staff were only too willing to oblige as they’re truly passionate


about their ingredients and their freshness. The Thai fish cakes were made with fresh cod from Coles, the pork was carefully minced and marinated, all the vegetables were as fresh as possible, and the seasoning was strictly authentic Thai. That passion certainly came through in the food, as it tasted delicious – the spring rolls were the best I’ve had, the spicy crackers had a genuine spicy kick, and the satay chicken was cooked to perfection. For mains there was a broad selection including an array of stir-fried dishes, curries, and a page of Chef’s Specials. These options looked quite innovative, including Weeping Tiger (grilled steak served with spicy chilli dressing) and Pla Lard Plik, fried cod steak topped with spring onion, peppers and sweet chilli sauce – or an optional creamy red curry sauce. I decided on the barbecued neck of pork, which wasn’t quite what I’d expected but was a wonderful surprise. The pork was served separate to the sauce and there was a very generous portion of it. The neck did have a small amount of fat, but this only made the pork more soft and moist. The side sauce was very authentic Thai and certainly packed a spicy punch.

Our other choices were chicken garlic and pepper stir fry and Pad Thai noodles with prawn. This dish is a must, with flat noodles combined with crushed peanuts, beansprouts and spring onions in a Pad Thai sauce. The prawns were fabulous and packed with flavour. I would’ve loved to try the banana fritters with syrup and ice cream for dessert, but I simply couldn’t find room for another mouthful after such a delightful feast of authentic tastes. In total, our bill came to only £35.90 (helped by bringing our own bottle of wine) so we enjoyed a perfect and inexpensive mid-week treat – with fabulous food, generous portions and a lovely friendly service. I can’t wait to go back for more – and would certainly recommend this new addition to local options for eating out.







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The history of Norfolk’s most famous brand... When Norfolk miller Jeremiah Colman blended brown and white mustard in the early 19th century, he creates a uniquely tangy taste that would take the world by storm, as Richard Parr discovers


olman’s Mustard is an iconic brand, known to households all over the world – and it all started in Norfolk early in the 19th century at Stoke Holy Cross with flour miller Jeremiah Colman. A jar of the mustard is often found among the condiments on dining tables all over the world, the product enhancing the flavour of many foods, including roast beef Sunday lunches. Looking back some 200 years, it’s possible to chart the remarkable course of this world-renowned firm, from its humble beginnings to the commercial powerhouse which transformed Norwich and became globally renowned.

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Within a decade of moving to the factory site at Carrow in Norwich, the works had become complex, consuming vast amounts of raw materials from all over the globe. Rice came from India, and the mustard seeds from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Holland. The well-recorded history of the Colman’s is brought graphically to life for visitors to the Mustard Shop and Museum in the Royal Arcade in the centre of Norwich. It was first opened in 1973 in premises in nearby Bridewell Alley, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Colman’s Mustard. Originally intended to operate for a few months, the shop and museum proved an overnight

success and is still open 40 years later, continuing to tell new generations the story of the humble mustard seed. At the shop, a delightful replica of a Victorian trade premises, you can buy a variety of Colman’s Mustard products, many of them in Colman’s distinctive bright yellow colour, including pots and spoons, tea towels, Colman’s memorabilia and much more. It doubles as a museum, telling the story of the company. It may surprise you to learn that the shop’s current best-selling product is a Mustard chocolate bar comprising 70% cocoa dark chocolate with Colman’s mustard powder. The Museum part of the premises contains cabinets full of curiosities. Also


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on show are a series of information boards giving historical details about the brand. The pleasant and friendly staff are very knowledgeable and are always happy to talk to visitors about the history of any of the products on show. These include pots and tins, advertising campaigns, and personal ephemera from the many sporting clubs and societies run by the firm for its employees. Some of the more interesting and quirky objects include paraphernalia associated with the use of mustard for medicinal purposes – such as mustard baths, bath stirrers and even mustard plasters called sinapisms. Also on show are promotional badges from the ground-breaking advertising campaign The Mustard Club. This 1926 campaign was the brainchild of renowned English crime writer Dorothy L Sayers – and the aim was to encourage people to join an exclusive club, hinting at the exciting adventures of its members. With its own rules and password – Pass the Mustard – the club captured the public’s imagination. At one time Colman’s received 2,000 applications a day to join! The premises attract visitors in large numbers during the holiday season with locals mingling with holidaymakers from abroad. In the busy pre-Christmas shopping season from mid-October the shop is bustling with activity as people search for that unusual


Christmas gift. In 1840, Jonathan Copeman was sent to Canada and the USA to sell Colman’s mustard and flour. J&J (USA) was formed in 1923, and became the first wholly-owned Colman Overseas subsidiary. By the end of the 1930s, subsidiary companies handled most of the overseas trading. In 1862 Colman’s amalgamated with

Robinson & Belville, who despatched their products to “help sustain our gallant army in the Crimea” and in 1892 the company established an office in London to manage sales at home and abroad. Later, trading agreements with Reckitts of Hull led to the formation of Reckitt and Colman Ltd in 1938 and the eventual merger of the two firms in 1954 to become Reckitt and Colman (Holdings) Ltd. Finally, in 1995, Colman’s became part of the multinational company Unilever UK Ltd and the shop and Museum are now owned by Guildhall Enterprises. In 1858, Jeremiah Colman’ s greatnephew Jeremiah James Colman established the production factory in Norwich which still exists to this day. JJ Colman and his wife cared deeply about family values and looked after their employees like their own. They established a school for the children of all their employees, company housing and sick benefit for their employees. The process of making mustard hasn’t changed much since the beginning – 60% of the seeds are locally sourced and still undergo a thorough sampling, cleaning and drying process. The Colman’s Mustard shop and museum is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am-5pm and is located at 15 Royal Arcade, Norwich NR2 1NQ. For more details, call 01603 627889.

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ABOVE: The Norfolk Motorcycle Museum, which was founded by Steve Harmer’s father 22 years ago. Today, Steve (opposite) handles the day-to-day running of the museum – although his dad still manages to pop in virtually every day.

A local celebration of two-wheeled heritage It’s one of our most unusual museums, and is a family-run labour of love covering over 100 years of motorcycling history. Richard Parr visits the Norfolk Motorcycle Museum to discover more...


here’s an enduring fascination about motorcycles and they’ve been immortalised on the silver screen in such movie classics like Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Great Escape. Even before that, a popular figure was giving momentum to the idea of the motorcycle as ‘brand’ in the shape of TE Lawrence (of Arabia fame) and his ill-fated Brough Superior (which is now valued at something like £2 million). You’d have to go a very long way to get close to the Triumph Bonneville Steve McQueen used to escape from the Nazis in 1963, but tucked away

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beside a railway yard in Norfolk is a motorcycle museum which for devotees of the two-wheeled machines is like a paradise on earth. The Norfolk Motorcycle Museum was set up in North Walsham some 22 years ago by George Harmer – who was keen to share his passion for the powerful machines with like-minded enthusiasts, who span the generations from teenagers to senior citizens. Today the Museum is mainly run by George’s son Steve with assistance from his sister Deborah and Steve’s wife Joy. Yet even at the age of almost 80, the Museum’s founder still calls in most days to potter about and talk bikes with

fellow enthusiasts. It may be one of Norfolk’s lesser known tourist attractions, but every year it attracts several thousand visitors who marvel at the display of round 150 bikes on display, spanning the years from 1912 to 1990. The bikes are mainly of British origin, but there are also American, Italian and German models as well as a few Japanese. When chatting to Steve, his passion for motorbikes comes across in his voice as he reels off the names of the different bike manufacturers. Running the museum has become a way of life for Steve because he also


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trades in spare parts and sources parts for older original bikes as well as more modern machines. Comments from visitors speak of the museum being a “hidden gem” in North Norfolk. “The museum is a truly great place, hidden by the side of North Walsham Railway Station,” says one. “There’s a real eclectic mix of bikes in all kinds of conditions, and George and Steve are more than happy to chat with visitors and share their wide knowledge of the bikes in the collection.” Another visitor said that although rather hidden away, it’s really worth the search to see so many old and rare motorcycles under one roof, describing it as a “laid-back family museum.” "It’s more like visiting a mate’s garage than a museum,” they said. Steve Harmer says that when he set up the museum, his father had 50 bikes and had a real passion for engines and decided to set up a museum to share them with other people – even selling his car collection to finance the founding of the museum. “It’s been a labour of love for my father,” says Steve, “and he enjoys nothing more than popping in and chatting to visitors about various bikes in his collection.” Steve puts down the continuing interest from visitors to the fact that because Norfolk is still a mainly rural county (compared to many other parts of the country) people will ride motorcycles. Asked what were the star attractions


of the collection Steve was quick to list three that no visitor should miss – a 4-cylinder model K Henderson (made in Norwich in 1922), a TT Rep Rudge and an OEC (Osbourne Engineering Co) duplex bike from 1938. “I think these are undoubtedly our three star models,” he says, “and they always prove of great interest to visitors.” Of course, among the collection are what Steve refers to as the ‘bread and butter’ machines, those that most people relate to – including Tiger Cubs, Francis Barnett James and the BSA Bantam model. It’s very much a working museum and Steve reckons that at any one time there are usually five or six bikes being repaired or restored. “This is again another aspect that visitors really like to see,” he says. The museum undertakes private restoration work, supplying both original and replica spare parts, from wheels to forks for all makes of leading motorbikes. And if all that wasn’t enough, the museum also has a display of early Dinky and other makes of diecast model toys dating all the way back to the mid-1940s.

The Norfolk Motorcycle Museum is open seven days a week, although it is closed on Sundays between the end of October and Easter. Admission costs £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. For more details, you can contact the museum on 01692 406266.

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HAMPTON COURT This picture of a rather run-down Hampton Court on Nelson Street in King’s Lynn was sent to us by KL magazine reader Martin Benton – and though he’s not entirely sure of the date it was clearly taken before the 1950s. The building dates back to the 14th

century, and thanks to the work of Mrs EA Lane and the King’s Lynn Preservation Trust it looks significantly better than it did when their restoration project started in the 1950s. You can enjoy thousands of images of Norfolk’s history on the website at or by visiting the Norfolk Heritage Centre at

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ABOVE: Rebecca Rees, Assistant Manager of True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, who wrote the successful Heritage Lottery Fund application that has seen major improvements to the museum’s Pat Midgely Research Centre – which contains a priceless archive of social doucuments charting the social and commercial history of the North End of King’s Lynn (opposite)

Opening up a house packed with local history With more people interested in social history and reappraising the legacy of local communities, Paul Richards charts the development of the Pat Midgley Research Centre in King’s Lynn


eaders will be familiar with True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in King’s Lynn and its role as a both community museum and heritage site, but less well known is its exceptional on-site Pat Midgely Research Centre (PMRC), named in 2010 after the Museum’s founder. Even before the museum opened in 1991 (it’s currently celebrating its Silver Jubilee) Pat Midgley was collecting pictorial, written and printed material as well as oral testimony about Lynn’s historic North End, including many local industries other than fishing. To this growing archive she added

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copies of national records such as the Victorian census returns and marriages and burials at St Nicholas Chapel. Once True’s Yard had opened, more Northenders selected the museum to deposit treasured photographs and family papers, and this tradition continues to this day – many prefer such social treasure to be kept in Lynn in the safe custody of the North End Trust. Following the integration of 3-5 St Ann’s Street into the museum in 2010, the PMRC was at last able to expand. It was a major project, and one the trustees were able to undertake with the help of the Norfolk Charitable Trust

and Heritage Lottery Fund. It now had a reading room, reference library, archive room and sound archive dedicated to oral history recordings. Small grants had allowed improvements to the PMRC in previous years, with environmental controls, document conservation and storage space high on the agenda. With popular demand for the museum’s learning resources increasing, more needed to be done. Special attention had been given to the archive room – accommodating the nationally significant records of the King’s Lynn based Eastern Sea Fisheries from the 1890s-1970s (it’s now the Eastern


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ABOVE: The resources of Pat Midgely Research Centre range from priceless documents and books to maps (the one featured here dates to around 1886) and photographs – such as this portrait of the Southgate children standing outside the cottages that today form True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum

Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority (E-IFCA). The museum’s several attics are also used for storage. Unfortunately, the museum lacked the sufficient staff and expertise to move further forward with the PMRC, so the next step was an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund called Opening Up a House of History compiled by Assistant Manager Rebecca Rees. A grant of £56,600 was awarded in July 2015, and a project officer appointed to work three days a week over the next two years. Michelle Andrews has just completed her first year and is making excellent progress. Her task? To ensure the PMRC becomes an exceptional learning and cultural asset by upgrading its facilities and increasing public access. To help attain the highest possible standards of collection care and user satisfaction, there’s also a Project Board (it includes the Norfolk County Archivist) to offer guidance.


Michelle has improved storage, environmental management, cataloguing, document conservation and is now linking the Sound Archive to the local community. The reference library has been made more user-friendly, and a ‘sound station’ with the voices of fisherfolk is now enjoyed by visitors to the PMRC too. Since October 2015 Michelle has recruited 11 new volunteers who benefit from individual and group training, one of whom is a young student called Trevor. “I’ve really enjoyed my volunteering at True’s Yard as part of my University course with The Royal Agricultural University,” he says. “It has helped me understand management of a museum as well as how archival and restoration work is done, which is vital as I’m going into the archaeological heritage sector when I’m done at Trues’ Yard.” Meanwhile, Jeff has been a regular reader at the PMRC for several years.

He first assisted visitors before delving into the collections – a practice which led to a newspaper column and his giving talks. “It’s fair to say that True’s Yard has been partly responsible for stoking my real passion for history that I have developed over the last five years,” he says. Sheila is another example of the real value of the PMRC and the difference it can make to people’s lives. She first visited the museum some years ago and was genuinely impressed. “I started to volunteer after I’d retired and was amazed at the wealth of information that is held on the boats, families, and history of the North End,” she says. “Helping to bring order to the wealth of unaccessioned items gives me a great deal of satisfaction and also the chance to learn new skills”. True’s Yard has offered work placements and volunteering opportunities to the local community for 20 years or more. The Museum is keen to develop its work in oral history and collecting the life stories of townspeople, especially those from the North End – and a partnership group has been formed with representatives from the Stories of Lynn and St Nicholas Chapel as well as True’s Yard. The project officer is also organising oral history training days so more volunteers can engage with the community. To attempt the history of a street through the oral testimony of its residents has been agreed, and an exhibition at the museum is now being planned for July 2017 called The People’s Story, using oral history recordings, transcriptions and photographs. The museum has for some years advertised occasional Oral History Days inviting citizens to visit True’s Yard and tell their stories. Coffee, tea, buns and lively chat on happy mornings in North Street is an important community activity! The promotion of the PMRC as a valuable community resource is being stepped up through open days, press releases, websites, social media and literature of various kinds. Leaflets in Polish and other languages are also being prepared. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant has moreover enabled the trustees to buy new IT equipment for the PMRC. It’s an important step, as easy access to the centre’s collections for schools and the public is essential if the educational mission of Trues’ Yard is to be even more successful and embrace new audiences.

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ABOVE: This graffiti seen on the A14 in Cambridgeshire is a typically thought-provoking image by King’s Lynn photographer Si Barber. “I hope my pictures will provide an insight into what life was like for some people in the early 21st century,” he says.

A different view of life in the 21st century... The power of photography lies in its ability to make us reconsider the world we thought we knew. KL magazine talks to King’s Lynn photographer Si Barber about telling stories through images.


ix years ago, David Cameron spoke about his plans for reshaping Britain, and his words struck a chord with King’s Lynn photographer Si Barber. However, it probably wasn’t the chord the Prime Minister expected. Over the next five years Si Barber took his camera on an incredible 16,000-mile trip across the country documenting the reality of the daily lives of ‘ordinary’ people. Published in 2009, Si’s book The Big Society featured everything from Morris dancers behind safety signs to tattooed EDL activists and lines of trolleys outside closed down shops in an uncompromising look at Britain in the 21st century.


Since then, the photgrapher has continued documenting the famous and the not-so famous with a fine eye for detail – and an instinct for a great story. KL MAGAZINE: Did you always want to be a photographer? SI BARBER: Not really. I was always interested in art, but didn’t really have the craft skills. A friend of mine had a camera – a twin lens Rollei – and said it was fairly easy to learn. After he got bored of it I bought it off him and went from there. The most interesting thing about photography is that the more you learn, the more you realise there is to learn – and of course a camera gives you a

license to poke your nose into other people's business! KL MAGAZINE: When did you decide it could be a worthwhile and viable career choice? SI BARBER: I’d progressed to a point as an amateur photographer where I was bored with shooting landscapes and sunsets, but didn’t know how to take it forward. In 1997 at the age of 29 I went to study photography in Blackpool for three years which was great. A lot of successful photographers would visit to talk about their work, and I saw that with luck and hard work it might be possible to make a living from it. That was during the days of film, of course, when there was a limited

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amount of people coming into the market. It’s a much tougher market these days with the easy access digital photography has given the world. I was also fortunate to be able to get a grant to go to college which doesn’t happen these days. KL MAGAZINE: Your first book was a very thought-provoking look at Britain at the start of the 21st century. What kind of response do you want your work to evoke in the viewer? SI BARBER: The Big Society was a response to David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ speech in 2010 in which he sought to re-imagine the country from the perspective of his own background – which only very few people would recognise. The impetus of the book was to show him the country from the point which perhaps many people would recognise. After it came out I spent a lot of time sending copies to various Government departments and community leaders to absolutely no effect, except perhaps to get me put on a security watch list! The Archbishop of Canterbury sent me a nice note though. KL MAGAZINE: Does that mean you see yourself as a photographer first and foremost – or as a social commentator with a camera? SI BARBER: It depends when you ask me. If I’m working on a commission for someone, I’m the guy with the camera who will hopefully provide you with the pictures that achieve what you want. If I’m working on my own projects and ideas I hope my pictures will provide an insight into what life was like for some people in the early 21st century.

KL MAGAZINE: In producing it, you spent three years travelling through 42 counties and meeting a wide range of fascinating people – who was the most unusual character you met? SI BARBER: Ironically, perhaps, the one

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KL MAGAZINE: Earlier this year you published Queens of Lesser Realms, which celebrated the tradition of the local carnival queen. Where did the idea come from? SI BARBER: I got the idea when I saw the Queen of Wells carnival being crowned. I was fascinated because I didn’t think such things existed anymore. That set me off on a journey around the country to see how many others I could find. It was a good time to do it as many have sadly disappeared in the last few years due to lack of interest and the absence of community spirit.

ABOVE: English-born Hollywood star Jean Simmons, probably best remembered for her roles in Spartacus (1960) and The Happy Ending (1969); Norfolk-based taxidermist Emily Mayer, whose pioneering work has seen her regularly collaborate with Damien Hirst; and Downham Market resident Joyce Tomkins, who tattooed Do Not Resuscitate on her chest in the event of her falling into a coma.


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ABOVE: The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Suffragan Bishop of Lynn opening the King’s Lynn Mart in style on February 14th, 2013 and (below) Norfolk-based author Clive King, with whom generations of schoolchildren are familiar thanks to his 1963 book Stig of the Dump

KL MAGAZINE: If there is such a thing, what’s a typical day in the life of Si Barber? SI BARBER: Like many people, much of my time is spent behind a computer screen. I’m either tracking down stories I can shoot myself and then sell – or get people to commission me to shoot. The rise of digital photography and the Web has been a massive disruptor, especially in the editorial publishing market and budgets have been massively cut back – especially for freelancers like myself. There seems to be much less commissioned work around. Whilst there will inevitably be new opportunities to explore, equally there’s no merit in doing the same old thing and expecting it to be successful. KL MAGAZINE: You’ve said that in living in Norfolk you enjoy exploring the gap between your childhood memories of the county and the adult reality. What’s the biggest difference between the two? SI BARBER: Well, there’s a lot more Tescos now! Seriously, I suppose the biggest difference is that when I was growing up, the county was much more cut off from the rest of the UK, being as it is the ‘rump’ of England. Improved transport links and the Internet have changed all that of course. Mostly that’s good, but not entirely. I think Norfolk has lost a little of its character now compared to then. KL MAGAZINE: In a world where


everyone can take a photograph at any time, how difficult is it to make your mark in the field? SI BARBER: Commercial clients come and go. That’s the nature of the business, and to some extent you’re as good as your last job. However, if you spend as much time as you can shooting subjects that interest you, you can keep your passion alive and that’s where the magic is. I don’t concern myself too much with trying to make a mark, as everything becomes dust eventually. KL MAGAZINE: You’ve photographed film stars and politicians, sportspeople, and taxidermists – and you’ve produced some incredible images that perfectly capture their character. What’s the secret of a successful portrait? SI BARBER: Most people, whether they’re in the news or not feel a bit uncomfortable in front of the camera. My best advice is to memorise a portfolio of filthy jokes that you can dispense when appropriate to put them at ease.

KL MAGAZINE: What’s your next project likely to be? SI BARBER: At the moment I’m still promoting my work Queens Of Lesser Realms, but I’m also working on a series of images around Brexit. East Anglia was the crucible of the revolt against the EU and I think the next few years will be very interesting socially – and I hope photographically. For more information on Si Barber and his books – and to see further examples of his work, please visit his website at

KL MAGAZINE: Your work has led you to some truly inspirational and amazing people. Who’s been your most challenging subject? SI BARBER: Sportspeople are always a challenge to photograph. They’ll talk all day about football or whatever, but when it comes to pictures they think it’s going to be a couple of snaps and that’s it – whereas with most jobs you need to try three or four different ideas before you get the best work.


I always think of is the image of the Bishop of King’s Lynn riding a dodgem at the town’s Mart as part of the opening ceremony [see above].

KL MAGAZINE: Apart from your own work, is there a photograph that holds special significance for you? SI BARBER: There’s a great photograph by the late Don McPhee of a miner wearing a police helmet facing up to a line of policemen during the 1984-85 miner’s strike which is a continuing inspiration. I remember seeing it when I was a teenager and thinking it was very powerful, but not really knowing why.

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Beware the water spirits and light bonfires on the beach. Beware the wicker man. Now the sun turns southwards and evil spirits walk abroad. Follow the will o’ the wisps, the spirits... who know where they will lead you? – from Ruth Galloway: The Early Cases Elly Griffiths

Crime, mysteries, and Norfolk’s hidden secrets From medieval coffins in King’s Lynn museum to spooky goings-on in Walsingham, Elly Griffiths has put Norfolk firmly on the country’s fictional crime map. KL magazine talks to Elly about her work...


or fans of contemporary British crime fiction, Elly Griffiths needs little in the way of introduction. In 2009, she published The Crossing Places, a thrilling mystery featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, who lives in a remote seaside cottage near King’s Lynn in Norfolk and teaches at the (fictitious) University of North Norfolk. Having recently completed her ninth book featuring this hugely-popular character (she’s also written three crime novels set in Brighton during the 1950s) it seemed an opportune moment to talk to the best-selling author about her writing and her love

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of Norfolk – together with all its darker aspects. KL MAGAZINE: Did you always want to be a writer? ELLY GRIFFITHS: Perhaps surprisingly I did, yes. I remember my dad making me little books held together with safety pins when I was about five. One of the first stories I wrote was called The Shig of Mystery – I used to get my p’s and g’s mixed up! When I was eleven I actually wrote a full-length crime novel called The Hair of the Dog, set in Rottingdean, near where I live today. I then did all the right things to become a writer; I read English at university, worked in a library

and in publishing, and eventually became Editorial Director at HarperCollins. The funny thing was that working in publishing almost put me off writing altogether – I didn’t write again until I was on maternity leave in 1998! KL MAGAZINE: Apart from those early efforts, how did your career as a writer begin? ELLY GRIFFITHS: It began with The Italian Quarter, the book I wrote while on maternity leave. It was loosely based on my father’s life, and I offered it to six agents before it was taken up by Tif Loehnis at Janklow and Nesbit. Tif got me a publishing deal with Hodder Headline and I then wrote four books


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Norfolk because it’s full of archaeology and historical mysteries – and dead bodies!

KL MAGAZINE: Why did you then turn to crime fiction – and change your name in the process? ELLY GRIFFITHS: After four books all about Italy, history and families I felt it was time to try something new. My husband Andy had recently left a city job to retrain as an archaeologist, and on a trip to Titchwell Marsh in Norfolk he mentioned how prehistoric people had thought that marshland was sacred – neither land nor sea, neither life nor death. The entire plot of The Crossing Places came to me in that instant. I hadn’t even thought it was a different genre until Tif said “this is crime, and you need a crime name.” I chose my grandmother’s name, Ellen Griffiths and my new publishers (Quercus) duly changed that to Elly because it sounded younger! KL MAGAZINE: The archaeological aspects of your books are fascinating – are you an expert or are you simply interested? ELLY GRIFFITHS: I’m not an expert but Andy certainly is! His decision to become an archaeologist has given the whole family a new interest, and he’s also introduced me to two amazing women who have been great inspirations – forensic archaeologist Lucy Sibun and osteologist Linzi Harvey. KL MAGAZINE: Have you been surprised by the success of Ruth Galloway? ELLY GRIFFITHS: Very surprised. I didn’t know The Crossing Places was a crime novel at first and I certainly didn’t think it would be the start of a series. I’ve been delighted – and very moved – by how much people have taken Ruth to their hearts. I can’t believe that I’ve just finished writing book nine in the series. KL MAGAZINE: You’ve often been described as the ‘Queen of Crime’ – is that an accolade you're comfortable with? ELLY GRIFFITHS: I don’t think anyone seriously calls me the Queen of Crime, to be honest. That’s Agatha Christie or Ruth Rendell. I’m just one of many aspiring crime writers.


KL MAGAZINE: You’ve said you have a great deal of interest in the myths and legends of Norfolk – what’s your favourite? ELLY GRIFFITHS: I do like the story of the demonic dog Black Shuck but I haven’t been able to get him in a book yet. I also love all the legends connected with the marshes – the will o’ the wisps, the sea spirits, and the drowned landscape. KL MAGAZINE: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give anyone wishing to become a successful writer? ELLY GRIFFITHS: Try to write every single day – and don’t stop until you’ve finished. You can always fix a bad page but you can never fix a blank page.

KL MAGAZINE: Do you have a book that you’re particularly fond of? ELLY GRIFFITHS: I’m very attached to my old copy of Alice in Wonderland. It’s the first book I remember reading all the way through, and it contains little pictures I’ve drawn in the margins – strange, stick people with huge heads.

KL MAGAZINE: What will you be doing on Halloween? ELLY GRIFFITHS: Nothing much, I’m afraid to say. My children used to love Halloween but they’re at university now so I don’t think I’ll even have a pumpkin in the window. I will do something to mark November 1st (All Saints’ Day) however, because it was my mum’s birthday – and readers of my books will know that it’s also the birthday of Ruth Galloway’s daughter Kate!

KL MAGAZINE: Apart from your own creations, who is your favourite character in crime fiction? ELLY GRIFFITHS: Count Fosco in Wilkie Collins’ 1859 novel The Woman in White – it’s considered to be one of the very first ‘mystery’ novels and has lost none of its power in the 150 years since it was published. KL MAGAZINE: When you write crime fiction, do you start with the mystery itself – or do you know who ‘did it’ from the very beginning? ELLY GRIFFITHS: I usually start with the place – the Norfolk marshes in The Crossing Places, the eroding coastline of The House at Sea’s End, or the abandoned airfields in The Ghost Fields. I do plan the story before I begin but it often changes as I go along. That’s one of the magical things about writing. KL MAGAZINE: Why pick Norfolk as a setting for your novels? ELLY GRIFFITHS: I’ve always loved Norfolk. I used to come here on holiday as a child. My aunt has a boat, moored in Reedham, and I remember wonderful days on the Broads. I also picked

Fans of Elly Griffiths will be pleased to know that THE BLood CARd, the third book in her Stephens & Mephisto series, will be published on November 3rd. THE CHALK PIT, the ninth book in the Ruth Galloway series (and which opens with the discovery of boiled human bones in Norwich’s web of underground tunnels) will be published on 23rd February 2017. For the latest news about Elly and her work and information on local book signings, please visit her website at

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f you’ve read this month’s magazine from cover to cover, you’ll have no doubt enjoyed Alison Gifford’s account of the Exorcist’s House in King’s Lynn and its enigmatic former resident F.R. Buckley. As you’ll know, very little seems to be known about the man, and his life appears to be as mysterious as his claims to be a photo-preventing wizard. Alison closes her story by suggesting there’s probably more to all this than meets the eye, and she’s right. For F.R. Buckley led a quite remarkable life. Thanks to my friends over the water (America, not Lincolnshire) I’ve managed to discover more about his adventures before he took up residence in the Exorcist’s House. According to my transatlantic contacts, Frederick Robert Buckley was born on 20th December 1896 in Colton, Staffordshire. His father was a newspaperman who went on to be the music critic for the Manchester Guardian and the young Frank (who at school had appeared on stage alongside JRR Tolkein) studied journalism at Birmingham University before working for newspapers in England and France. In 1915, aged 19, he emigrated to the USA, working as a film reviewer, becoming the secretary of a munitions magnate and at one time being the foreman of a building materials yard. He then became the editor of the Motion Picture Mail (a weekly newspaper supplement) before deciding to go into the movies, writing screenplays and reviewing scripts for the Vitagraph Corporation – which was the most prolific American film production company in those pre114

Hollywood days. Buckley even acted in a few movies himself, and the image below is a rare still from a virtually unknown film called The Undercurrent, which was made in 1919 – Frank is the well-dressed man on the left. Buckley failed to make it as an actor, however, so he decided to become a full-time writer. It was a struggle at first, but in 1921 he enjoyed his first success with a series of stories he sold to Western Story Magazine. They detailed the (mis)adventures of Peg-Leg Garfield, a one-legged sheriff who muddled his way through life and investigations (the first was called ‘Peg-Leg Gets Jammed in a Frog’) but always got his man. Well, usually. The following year Frank’s daughter Faith Ann was born (he’d married a lady called Helen Curry in 1916) and the success of his literary creation saw Buckley become something of a cowboy himself, collecting guns and wearing ranch clothes (including a holstered gun) even though he was nowhere near cowboy country. In 1924, Frank started the ‘Caradosso’ series of short stories in Adventure magazine, which made him one of the most popular writers in pulp fiction. Never reprinted or collected, the stories featured Luigi Caradosso, an Italian soldier of fortune in the middle ages. Buckley went on to write more than 200 short stories, but the American trail of this colourful character ends suddenly in 1931 with the apparent suicide of his

wife – after which Frank returned to England. His movements over the next few decades seem to be lost to the mists of time, although I have managed to discover that he worked for the Birmingham Evening Despatch in the late 1930s. Plenty of mysteries still remain. How did F.R. Buckley come to settle in King’s Lynn? Where did his sudden fascination with the occult come from, and how did he become a selfconfessed wizard? Perhaps more importantly, who was the ghostly woman seen through the window of the Exorcist’s House? For if Buckley’s wife really did emigrate to the USA following his death in 1976, it must have been a second wife (unless the 1931 suicide of his first was an urban myth) – as it seems odd that any ghost would wait 45 years and travel 4,000 miles to haunt the home of their former spouse. Alison Gifford was right – even with all these new details about F.R. Buckley, there’s a lot more to this story still waiting to be discovered.

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