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Chance for visitors to view 'The Changing Face of Pakefield' at exhibition

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 June 2016

Trudie Jackson alongside the exhbition detailing the 'Changing Face of Pakefield'.

Trudie Jackson alongside the exhbition detailing the 'Changing Face of Pakefield'.

Archant

It was an exhibition that allowed visitors to take a trip down memory lane as they viewed 'The Changing Face of Pakefield'.

A view of Pakefield Church from times gone by. Pictures: Mick Howes.A view of Pakefield Church from times gone by. Pictures: Mick Howes.

A number of black and white photographs still remain on display at Pakefield Church – which tied in with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

During the 1920s and 1930s, the Pakefield area lost a number of buildings and further land to coastal erosion.

These include old public houses, Mrs Cripps’s tea room and the Pakefield Village Green – some of which were recalled in the picture exhibition.

People had the chance to view some captivating old photographs and compare them to what the area currently looks like today.

Also forming the exhibition were pictures of the terminus area, a number of wartime images, and even some pictures of derelict houses in Pakefield.

A couple of the more unique photographs were of Stan Bird – who used to run Bird’s Fish and Chip Shop – along with a large congregation of people gathered outside the Jolly Sailors Pub on Pakefield Street.

Another shows some beach huts under Pakefield church, which no longer exist today.

Many residents will also remember the a blacksmith’s shop, Pakefield Cinema, beach huts, Pakefield Hotel and even Pakefield’s own telephone exchange – that were prominent parts of the village throughout the years.

Canon Bob Baker said the exhibition will continue to be held over the coming weeks, with the whole weekend enjoyed by all involved.

“We have quite a few pictures of the school, which include old headmasters and some of the students,” he said.

“A lot of people who visited said they actually spotted themselves in some of the photographs.

“It was really interesting to see how Pakefield has changed over the years.”

The exhibition, which was organised by Trudie Jackson, was part of a weekend of celebrations at the church to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Along with the charity abseil, a large number of people attended the Sunday services with a special songs of praise to mark the momentous milestone.

A tea party was also held on the Sunday afternoon before in the evening, at about 9.15pm, the Pakefield beacon was lit.

What are your memories of Pakefield throughout the years? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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