Keeping Hunstanton’s memories alive
Pictured: (L to R) Hunstanton and District Civic Society Chairman John Maiden, Borough Council Heritage Gardens Activities Co-ordinator Roger Partridge, Driftwood House Home Manager Steph Durham, Mary Riches, Driftwood House resident Les Trundley, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds and Hunstanton Primary School Headteacher Di Mapplebeck. Picture credit: Ian Burt

Celebrating the heritage of the town, a new intergenerational project was launched at The Lookout in the Esplanade Gardens in Hunstanton on Wednesday 10 July.

As part of the National Lottery funded Hunstanton Heritage Gardens project, Hunstanton Primary School children were given the opportunity to interview residents of Driftwood House Care Home in Hunstanton about their own memories and the history of the town. These recordings have then been edited by the students at the College of West Anglia.

Working in conjunction with the local civic society, the children asked pertinent questions about the town, broaching topics about the railway, the old pier, the soap box derby, the 1953 flood and the Esplanade Gardens, to name but a few.

These audio recordings will play from a U Turn box situated at the Lookout. Inside the Heritage Centre is a visual version with pictures and postcards of the town.

Organiser Roger Partridge said: “One element of The Heritage Gardens project is an intergenerational and oral history aspect that we had to fulfil for the Lottery. We came up with the idea of young people asking old people about the history of Hunstanton… so that the memories of Hunstanton from bygone times are there for posterity.”

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(Picture credit: Ian Burt)