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Nostalgia: Viking fancy dress day at Thurston Primary School in October 1987. ANL-161014-113611001
Nostalgia: Viking fancy dress day at Thurston Primary School in October 1987. ANL-161014-113611001

Thurston Primary School pupils swapped school uniform for smocks, tunics and long dresses for a Vikings project and turned up dressed for the part to celebrate a special feast day in October 1987.

Deputy head Mrs Jo Merrywest said: “The children were eating the sort of food which the Vikings did as far as possible – things like bread, fruit and raw fish, although i don’t think my class were too taken with the raw fish.”

Arm wrestling bouts, a sword dance and a garland dance were also part of the day’s activities.

Mrs Merrywest said: “We think the children learnt a lot from dressing up as Vikings and trying authentic games and food really brought the history to life for them.”



Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds were busy helping Suffolk County council to plan the following year’s budget during a road–show outside HSBC bank in the town centre.

Members of the public were asked to place coloured balls in three of six tubes labelled: better value for money, health and well being, transport, roads, schools and environment.

People placed the balls in the tube they felt the council should be prioritising.

A total of 284 people voted in Bury, with the top priorities being health and well being.

Bury was the last stop for the road–show, which had already visited Ipswich, Sudbury, Lowestoft, Newmarket and Felixstowe.


Members of an action group were celebrating after Suffolk County Council decided an area of the Gipping Valley would not be used for mineral extraction.

Redland Aggregates Ltd applied for gravel and sand extraction but councillors decided not to let them use the site.

Many people thought the plans would turn the valley into an eyesore and there were concerns over how long the site would take to return to it’s previous state after extraction had finished.

More than 800 people wrote to the county council opposing the proposals, going against the advice of the planning officer, Mr Edwin Barritt who strongly endorsed the plans.


The Headmaster of the County School, Mr J.M Rudd, made an interesting announcement at the morning assembly on Wednesday, to the effect that one of the old students of the school had been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field.

Arthur Mothersole, of Higham, was the ‘old boy’ who had received the distinction and thereby contributed to the honour of his school.

He was admitted as a member of the Third Form in 1906 and left the school in 1910, after successfully passing the Cambridge Junior

Local and the preliminary certificate of the Board of Education.

He subsequently became a teacher before joining up.


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