Roger Gray’s childhood memories include parading with the army cadets in Bury St Edmunds and boxing in the town’s Corn Exchange.
The 85-year-old, who now lives in Bury, has written fondly of his experiences of growing up in Glemsford and his encounters with its nearby towns and villages.
In the preface to his memoir, he says: “Over the years I have read many books about Suffolk but most of them concern east Suffolk and the coast whereas I have always found the rolling hills and valleys of West Suffolk (and especially around the village of Glemsford) to be the most attractive part of the county.”
Born a twin, raised by guardians and given an incorrect birth date by his mother, Roger had an interesting start to life. He writes witty accounts of village life, boyhood pranks and of times when teachers would physically punish their students and home owners would go to bed leaving doors unlocked.
The book, entitled ‘Git Ahind - Om Fust’, is available for £7 from Bury’s Tourist Information centre, Glemsford’s Hunts Hill Stores and Sudbury’s Kestrel Bookshop.