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Thetford historian remembered with book publishing




One of the last requests of a much-loved Thetford historian who died this year has been realised after the final book he wrote has been published.

David Osborne, who was the first individual recipient of the Freedom of Thetford Town for more than 50 years this year, started to research and write about the history of the town in the mid-80s, writing around 18 books, before dying of cancer on September 20.

Now copies of his final book on The Green Dragon pub are on sale at the Leaping Hare Information Centre, in King Street.

Thetford historian David Osborne’s final book has been publishedPicture by Mark Westley
Thetford historian David Osborne’s final book has been publishedPicture by Mark Westley

David’s wife, Joy, said: “I am really pleased the book has been published as he had just finished it in the final stages of his illness,

“It has been such a great effort from a lot of people – it is brilliant and I thank them all for their support. I could not have done it without them. I am very grateful for all their help, they have all been Godsends.”

Joy went to Corinne Fulford, one of the directors of the Leaping Hare, as David had asked his wife to get her help in getting the book published.

David Osborne with his previous book about the beerhouses of ThetfordPicture: Mark Bullimore
David Osborne with his previous book about the beerhouses of ThetfordPicture: Mark Bullimore

Corinne said: “We have always sold David’s books, which have been so popular over the years,

“Joy came to me and said it was one of the things David wanted her to do, we had never done this before but we have had lots of help and it was the least we could do for such a genuinely lovely man who has given so much to the town.”

David’s school friend, Trevor Bowden, who has worked on all his books, pulled together the setting and arranged the printing and both Joy and Corinne said there were 30 people on a waiting list wanting copies before its release on December 20.

Joy also hoped someone would follow in David’s footsteps to record the town’s events.

She said: “David was keen for someone to carry on his work. He didn’t want it to finish with him and I hope someone will do that in the future.”


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