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Taking time to take a look back . . .

A personal view
A personal view

Isn’t it nice when Bury Free Press columnists help each other out. I get the BFP delivered through my door, I’m old school you see, and I always have a quick scan through first thing Friday morning over my first cup of coffee.

One of the first articles I will read word-for-word is the always excellent Camille Berriman who alternates columns with me on this very page.

Last week, Camille wrote about a Facebook site I had never heard of entitled ‘We Love Bury St Edmunds’.

The title alone grabbed me, for I share that love, and so I quickly visited the social media site and asked to join the group.

I am now a member, one of almost 8,500, which discusses their memories of the Bury area, posts photos, asks questions and generally interacts with like-minded people.

Even if I was just going about my day-to-day business on social media, I would be delighted to join such a group – so thank you Camille.

But I feel truly fortunate to be leading a project team working on a new dementia reminiscent walk at West Suffolk Hospital.

The Forget-Me-Not Walk will bring iconic images from across West Suffolk – as well as some famous national ones - on to the walls of the hospital.

The aim is to take patients with dementia out of their hospital wards and discuss with them what the images and other materials mean to them.

This form of reminiscence has been proven to be beneficial, as it will be for all patients, staff and visitors coming to West Suffolk Hospital.

It is an incredible project to be part of – especially as we all like to reminisce.

During one of the memory walk meetings, a colleague and I, both in our 30s, started to talk about the 1980s and films in particular. Others discussed what they remembered in kitchen cupboards or adverts on the television.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, we all like to reflect on the past, whether it evokes warm memories of childhood or sometimes cringey thoughts of a particular hairstyle or dress sense (mine was an illuminous shell-suit amid warnings from my parents not to stand too close to our fireplace).

As part of my continuing search for suitable images of West Suffolk between the 1950s and 1980s, I found myself on a website looking at some of Bury’s most iconic areas through the ages.

The clothes and cars might have changed, but the thing that struck me most was how recognisable everywhere remains.

We live and work in a town, and an area, which is incredible forward-thinking and always challenging itself to do better.

But we must also never forget where we have come from.

If you have any suitable photos from West Suffolk between the 1950s to the 1980s, please email dave@gooderham-pr.co.uk


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