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By Jim, those flags were fun!

PUBLISHED: 10:46 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 06 July 2010

TELLING stories of amateur film-making, school football and an unusual jubilee celebration, Lowestoft man Jim Cheeseman has just presented the third instalment of his autobiography.

TELLING stories of amateur film-making, school football and an unusual jubilee celebration, Lowestoft man Jim Cheeseman has just presented the third instalment of his autobiography.

Jim, of Breckland Way, has already provided the first two chapters of his life story, One Hell Of A Life, to the record office at Lowestoft Library, in Clapham Road. Now he has handed over part three, entitled Now I Should Be A Mature Man, to searchroom assistant Brenda Gower.

It covers the years 1977 to 1986 and sees Jim recounting his life as a maths teacher at Dell Primary School and his involvement in the birth of the Sound East talking newspaper.

One fascinating story details how Dell Primary celebrated the Queen's silver jubilee in 1977 with a memorable display.

To mark the occasion, the children were led by their teacher, Mike Cassidy, a former Norwich City footballer, in creating a display of nine flags. “They were each to be pictorially composed with 100 individual rectangular sheets of drawing paper, held by 100 children and seen from ground level by the crowd,” writes Jim. Five hundred sheets in total, measuring 16in x 14in, were controlled by the group of 10-year-olds while Jim filmed the display, using a technique that visually “dissolved” one flag into the next.

The flags created by the children were those of St George, St Andrew, St Patrick, the union flag, the Dell's arms, the Lowestoft coat of arms, the royal standard and jubilee flag.

Other tales in the autobiography included the story of Jim's film, Around Brick Lane OK, depicting the life and people of that area of east London. The film went on to win an annual BBC compe-tition on the programme, It's Your Image, and the Welsh Brewers Cup in Cardiff for best solo documentary.

Jim also writes with pride about the Dell football teams he managed. Among a success-ful six-a-side team in 1982 was Lee Durrant, who went on to play for Ipswich Town and Lowestoft Town. His 11-a-side team also won the Lowestoft & District Junior Schools Cup.

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