Brian’s Sheringham history slideshow sees him return to his old workplace

15th May 2020

Snapshots of Sheringham from bygone days will be seen on the big screen at the Little Theatre when the lockdown is over.

And the slide show, with commentary, will be beamed from the venue’s projection room where its creator used to work … repairing toasters, kettles and irons.

Back in the late 1950s Brian Hedge was an apprentice electrician at Hack’s, whose shop occupied part of the theatre at the time.

“The end of the Hub nearest the Bank restaurant was a record department, with booths for listening to tracks. A couple of days a week I worked upstairs as an apprentice mending household appliances,” he recalled.

Brian Hedge who is planning a slide show of old Sheringham photographs at Sheringham Little Theatre

Brian Hedge who is planning a slide show of old Sheringham photographs at Sheringham Little Theatre

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

Sheringham railway station staff in 1908.

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

A busy beach with donkey rides, bathing tents and the imposing Grand Hotel on the clifftop.

Brian’s boyhood photography hobby turned into a thirst for capturing and copying old photos.

“It began when I got married in 1964 and my wife Bridget’s family used to talk about all the people and businesses in Thorpe Market. I was interested in learning about the place, so I went around the village and asked if I could copy people’s old pictures – and it grew from there,” he explained.

He now has around 58,000 pictures of virtually every town and village in Norfolk, mostly as they were 100 years ago.

 

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

Soldiers from the Royal Norfolk Regiment on Sheringham station as they head to training on Mousehold Heath in Norwich.

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

Bomb damage in New Street and George Street in March 1941.

Talks to clubs and village halls, led to five sell out shows in his home town North Walsham over the past six years. He has also done a Sheringham themed show, and aims to bring the latest version to the Little Theatre when the coronavirus pandemic has cleared.

It will be raising funds for the theatre, which will be much-appreciated after the long shutdown.

The show will include the arrival of the railway in 1887 which brought in a new wave of Victorian tourists, and sent local crabs to the dining tables of London restaurants. There are sections on fishing characters, heroic lifeboats, Sheringham Park, grand hotels, and shots of streets, pubs and shops from the Victorian and Edwardian times – though some scenes are from more modern times including a 1966 raft race.

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

A fine bunch of men. Local fishermen in their gansey jumpers.

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

A bit of down time for the crew of the J C Madge lifeboat around 1912.

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

The plush interior of the former Sheringham Hotel.

Sheringham Little Theatre Brian Hedge old photos show

Hawaii the gals! Grass skirt fun in the 1966 raft race.

“People love to see their town in the past. It brings back memories, but also shows them things from the past they may not have known about,” said Brian.

Please monitor this website and our social media channels for updates on this, and other shows, once the lockdown begins to lift.