Confessions of a Country Boy by Keith Skipper

By Keith Skipper

Stories of a Norfolk youth within the Fifties through one in all Norfolk's best-known humorists and broadcasters. 36 separate items, 3 for every month of the yr. Affectionate and humorous, the writing deals a sharp-eyed and unsentimental view of post-war lifestyles in Norfolk particularly, and the rustic typically, in Nineteen Fifties England.As Keith Skipper says: "Distance might lend appeal, yet my nation youth has encouraged even more than rampant nostalgia. I appreciate each probability to extol the virtues of a golden age when...life was once quieter, slower, simpler...."

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Perhaps loneliness and illness were stronger causes for concern than fear of rural crime in those days, but with suspicious behaviour swiftly reported to police then much closer to their communities, any upset nerves could soon be soothed. In saluting all those convivial characters on their country beats, several of them measuring unbroken service in a matter of decades, I must find a special place for the medical marvels who brought comfort and joy to households such as ours. A brood of ten, five boys and five girls, bore ample testimony to the skills of the travelling nurse at home confinements.

He recalled how a certain parish council election had been spiced up by a dramatic rash of colourful posters in favour of Elijah Dickerson, a kindly soul who looked after the war memorial but the most unlikely of candidates for council duties. Ted operated at the heart of village life, taking part in concerts at the school before the war and playing a key role in Beeston’s victory celebrations of June 8, 1946. He showed me the souvenir programme of events before delivering another pound of sausages.

In saluting all those convivial characters on their country beats, several of them measuring unbroken service in a matter of decades, I must find a special place for the medical marvels who brought comfort and joy to households such as ours. A brood of ten, five boys and five girls, bore ample testimony to the skills of the travelling nurse at home confinements. ” MARCH MILESTONES 45 Village butcher, William Wyett (Keith Skipper’s great uncle), on his rounds from Beeston with pony and trap. Blank April with his hack and his bill, Plants a flower on every hill.

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