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Past returns to the Seagull on Friday

PUBLISHED: 18:06 05 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 06 July 2010

THE past returns to the Seagull Theatre, in Pakefield, on Friday, when eminent local historian Ivan Bunn presents his new show Relentless Waves, the first in the Local History series planned at the Seagull.

THE past returns to the Seagull Theatre, in Pakefield, on Friday, when eminent local historian Ivan Bunn presents his new show Relentless Waves, the first in the Local History series planned at the Seagull.

Using old photographs, maps and contemporary accounts Ivan presents the story of Lowestoft's fight against the sea during the 19th and 20th centuries.

After a short historical overview he will take a look at the floods, sea defences, or lack of them and the coastal erosion which have taken place along this local stretch of the Suffolk coast with an emphasis on Pakefield.

Lowestoft born and bred, Ivan was born in Kirkley in 1947 into a family with a fishing background. He grew up in the town, and his interest in local ghosts and legends during the 1970s soon led him into the field of local and national history. He has made an intensive study of witchcraft in East Anglia during the 16th and 17th centuries which resulted in the publication in 1997 of the internationally recognised work A Trial of Witches which he co-authored with Professor Gilbert Geis of the University of California.

Ivan, who works in the Lowestoft Record Office, has a great love of the town and his extensive knowledge of the history Lowestoft and its environs means that he is much sought after as a speaker. It begins at 7.30pm with an original music intro.

To book tickets telephone 01502 589726.

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