Return to Menu page A message from Winston Harrington 5th November 2007 Dear Mr Lindsay. I am writing to salute your efforts to commemorate the crash of the B-24 bomber “Belle of the East”, which crashed in August 1944 near its base in East Anglia while returning from a bombing mission over Germany. Thank you so much for your interest. My father Craig Harrington was the pilot. I understand that you were in E-mail contact with my cousin John Harrington of Gastonia, NC. He sent my brother Tom the materials you sent, and he in turn contacted me, […]
I have lived in Belton all my life, and went to the village School in the mid 60's then I went to Lothingland secondary Modern in Lound, Suffolk, I now work in Norwich. My interests are Photography and Music.
Return to Menu page A CHILDS LIFE IN BELTON Well where do I start, having moved to Belton in 1971 – the village at that time wasn’t that big it still had the remnants of the railway line and station, only 3 shops Carvers, Berry’s and Greenacres Butchers, two pubs The Kings Head and The Railway Tavern, Post Office on Station Road South and the newspapers were delivered from Kemp’s garage on St. Johns Rd. the doctor visited fortnightly from Gorleston and held surgery in the Institute in what is now the kitchen area. The village then was […]
Return to Menu page Teachers: Mrs Cooke: A lovely teacher who rewarded good behaviour and enjoyed teaching. Miss Meadows : Who married and became Mrs Hill – This was a stepping stone to a future career Miss Storey: Also married and used Belton VCP as a stepping stone to a future career Mrs Frost: A well meaning, well built opera singer, she had strict but old standards, always had a frown on her face, but still a good teacher. The Caretaker Mr Coleman: Who lived next to the school, to the right hand side. He used to stoke […]
Return to Menu page Murder before Breakfast As told by Anthony Cotterell Jack Saunders went home yesterday. He does not want to work on a lightship any more. He wants a job where he gets a gun. Moreover, this is why:- It was early on a stormy miserable north sea Morning in 1941. The East Dudgeon Lightship was riding a swollen swelling sea, Jack Saunders 5ft 9ins and 12st 6lbs had just come up on deck to take his turn in keeping watch with young George Jackson. They were great friends these two After a few minutes, they heard aeroplane […]
Return to Menu page The year is 1950 A.D. A law has been passed by the Government requiring that every couple that have been married for five years to have a child. If unable to achieve this, they may receive a visit from a Government man whose duty it is to take the necessary steps for the wife to become a mother. This morning in particular a baby photographer calls at the house not knowing the couple are childless. It is the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary. Husband “Well goodbye dear I’m off to the office. I suppose […]
Return to Menu page Southtown Station circa 1950
Return to Menu page Our mention of Belton’s undertakers business in the Village Voice, stirred the memories of Gladys brooks of Dashwood Close, Belton. Belton’s undertaker was Mr Tom brooks,grandfather of Gladys’ late husband. It was a traditional undertakers situated behind the former Berry’s Store on Station Road North. Mr Tom Brooks would collect the deceased on a horse – drawn hearse, attend to the departed and make coffins. His wife would be busy lining and helping around the business. Mr Brooks served not just Belton but Burgh Castle and St. olaves too.. After Mr Brooks’ death the buisness passed to […]