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PUBLISHED: 10:23 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

ON a recent day trip to Lowestoft with my family I bought a copy of The Journal.

The letter about Jack Valentine brought back fond memories.

As a child, I lived in Howard Street and I remember Jack Valentine coming to visit.

ON a recent day trip to Lowestoft with my family I bought a copy of The Journal.

The letter about Jack Valentine brought back fond memories.

As a child, I lived in Howard Street and I remember Jack Valentine coming to visit. There would be a knock on the door and my mother sent me to answer it. On the doorstep was a brown paper bag with my name on it. Inside there was always a large orange, other fruit and a bag of sweets. This was repeated for my two sisters. We were always delighted with our parcels and never guessed it was my dad.

Does anyone remember the May Day celebrations? It was a school holiday. One of us would be the May Queen and wore an old piece of net curtain on our head which formed a train. We held the train and followed in a procession behind. People came out of their houses to see us and put pennies in our box which we always shared out at the end of the day.

As we processed we sang this rhyme: “Climbing up the walls, knocking down the spiders, cabbages and turnips too. Put them in your aluminium saucepan, then we'll have a rare old stew.”

I am now 86 years old but still have many fond memories of my childhood spent in Lowestoft.

OLIVE KENT

Ruskington

Sleaford

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