Society unveils TV expert as new president

A previous Suffolk Family History Society East Coast Heritage Event at Lowestoft College was opened

A previous Suffolk Family History Society East Coast Heritage Event at Lowestoft College was opened by Flog-It star Elizabeth Talbot, who is the new president of the Lowestoft Archaeological & Local History Society. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

An auctioneer and television expert has been unveiled as the new president of a popular society.

The Lowestoft Archaeological & Local History Society (LA&LHS) expressed pride this week as Elizabeth Talbot agreed to become its new president.

Having been without a president since Malcolm Berridge - who had contributed massively to the society for decades - died early last year, LA&LHS committee member, Richard Mundy, said: "We were aware that the vacant role of president would be very difficult to fill.

"However after careful consideration it was decided to approach auctioneer, valuer and star of BBC TV's 'Flog It!', Elizabeth Talbot, and invite her to become our new president.

"We are very proud to announce that she has kindly agreed and we are all very excited by this news."

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Mrs Talbot, who is also a director of TW Gaze in Diss, said: "I have contributed to various Heritage Open Days and history projects in Lowestoft over recent years and I preside as auctioneer at the annual auction of early Lowestoft Porcelain at Hotel Victoria every autumn, but it was a great surprise to be invited to take on the role of LA&LHS president.

"There have only been two previous Presidents in nearly 50 years, Lord Somerleyton and Mr Berridge, so I follow in very committed and rather distinguished footsteps.

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"I consider it a great honour to be offered the role of president."

The society meets at the South Lowestoft Methodist church hall on London Road South, Lowestoft.

You do not need to be a member to attend talks; visitors are welcome with an entrance fee of £2 per occasion.

The New Year begins with a few talks: January 23: 'Aspects of War in Lowestoft' by Anthony Thurston; February 13: "Have you forgotten yet?" The story of Suffolk Police WW1 Battlefield tours by Robin Keightley and February 27: 'The works of John Louth Clemence' by Ivan Bunn.

For information regarding joining the society contact the secretary on or visit its page on Facebook: 'Lowestoft Archaeological and Local History Society'.

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