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Friends reunited on shipyard site

PUBLISHED: 19:13 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 05 July 2010

NEARLY 100 former employees of Richards Shipbuilders gathered together at the former home of the Lowestoft shipyard for a reunion.

The former colleagues reminisced as they trawled through memorabilia and enjoyed a film presentation at Asda, in Belvedere Road, Lowestoft.

NEARLY 100 former employees of Richards Shipbuilders gathered together at the former home of the Lowestoft shipyard for a reunion.

The former colleagues reminisced as they trawled through memorabilia and enjoyed a film presentation at Asda, in Belvedere Road, Lowestoft.

Richards Shipbuilders stood proudly on the banks of Lake Lothing for more than a century, and was responsible for building hundreds of vessels, before closing its gates for the last time in 1994.

The reunion, which was the first of its kind, attracted a broad spectrum of former employees, ensuring that a wide range of the shipyards history was represented.

Organiser David Dyer, who worked there from 1983 to 1994, said: “It was not just an evening to see old friends, but to make new ones as well.”

The evening began with the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the shipyard by Lowestoft mayor Frank Mortimer and Pamela Keene, granddaughter of original founder Sam Richards.

Over £500 was raised for the Lowestoft Sea Cadets through the event and a further £700 was raised for the Lowestoft Maritime Museum through the sale of 50 limited edition Richards Shipbuilders mugs, made by Lowestoft Porcelain.

“It was a brilliant night. I would particularly like to thank Dave Lennox, manager of Asda and his staff. It was important to have it at the site and I can't thank them enough for everything they did,” said Mr Dyer.

The evening was such a success that discussions are already underway to repeat the reunion next year, when they will also invite friends and family of former workers to attend.

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