Bygones event held in East Harling

East Harling Village hall hold a bygones event.Jacqui Wilkie, Mary Ebbs, David Boggia and Jean Denni

East Harling Village hall hold a bygones event.Jacqui Wilkie, Mary Ebbs, David Boggia and Jean Dennis.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A village staged an exhibition about its past after collecting historic memorabilia from resident for a bygones event.

East Harling Village hall hold a bygones event.Picture by: Sonya Duncan

East Harling Village hall hold a bygones event.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Organisers appealed for people living in the town to lend their family photos and old artefacts for the East Harling bygones weekend to help build up a picture of the area’s past.

Jean Dennis, who helped organise the event, said it had built up a “quite revealing” story of the village’s history and had unearthed some more unusual tales.

For example, old parish records were put on display at East Harling Village Hall, in School Lane - with some from the late 1800s revealing how residents in nearby Thetford had complained that cesspits from the village were not being cleaned out regularly enough, causing a stench over the town.

Exhibitions also showed the town’s expansion during the 1960s and how the village has changed in the past 40 years.

East Harling Village hall hold a bygones event.Picture by: Sonya Duncan

East Harling Village hall hold a bygones event.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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The event ran all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Are you researching your area’s past? Tell the Mercury by calling 01379 651153 or email dma.news@archant.co.uk

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