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Nostalgia: mushroom picking at Barnham 1968
Nostalgia: mushroom picking at Barnham 1968
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A man who returned from the Far East and began growing mushrooms on a former RAF base was springing back into production in 1968 after a disastrous virus outbreak.

Mr Keith Eldred a surveyor had purchased the RAF Barnham station in 1966 and had begun producing mushrooms on a 10,000 sq ft growing area.

This had proved so popular that he had doubled his production but disaster struck in the form of a virus which wiped out his complete crop.

The original purchase of the station which had been a former top secret H bomb site had originally proved controversial .

Speaking about the renewed production Mr Eldred, 33, said there was tremendous demand for mushrooms and he expected he would soon need to expand again.

He was supplying the crop to shops throughout East Anglia as well as a major chain store.

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