Tag Archives: Pat Burt

WWII Brownies War Effort: Delia Whitehead

During the war, I was in the Brownies and we joined in with the War Effort. Our Brown Owl had a car with an old wooden trailer at the back. We had to go to each house in turn in Yarmouth to collect waste paper. Sometimes there were a few comics that we used to “borrow” when Brown Owl wasn’t looking, and bring them back at the next collection. They were tucked up our Brownie dresses and the belts tied tightly. One day, somebody’s fell out and Brown Owl was not pleased! We never borrowed any comics again.

Brownies 1940s

Brownies outside the White House, Yarmouth Common 1940s Pat Burt nee Adams extreme left
Photo: Pat Burt

Delia Whitehead nee Hunt b 1934

Pat Burt: Swimming 1930s

Sandhard with huts and Bridge House

Sandhard with huts and Bridge House

Our headteacher, Miss Martin she was then, would take us swimming at Love Shore, the whole class. She had a roller towel to help you to learn to swim. You lay in the water through the towel, with it round your middle and she held you up while you paddled. It was a good method!

It was wonderful living in the High Street, just opposite the lane down to Love Shore. On a hot day, you’d change, then run over the road and down to Love Shore. If we went for a picnic tho’, we’d go over the bridge to Sandhard.
Pat Burt nee Adams 1929

Carnivals after WWII 1940s

Peace Celebrations were held in 1946, with harbour sports.

Carnival sports, 1946 programme

Carnival sports, 1946 programme

1948 seems to have been the first full carnival after the end of WWII and demob.

Yarmouth Common Carnival time

Yarmouth Common Carnival time. Fancy Hat Competition led by Ted Lawry

Billy Doe crowns Carnival Queen
Billy Doe crowns Carnival Queen : photo Sue Russell

Raich Doe front left, Bob Cook, and contributors Serena Hunt, Susan Hayles in Brownie uniform, Effie Pitman behind Sue, Derek Pomroy with cub Peter Stallard

In 1949 a Carnival Queen was chosen by votes at the ‘Con Club’ from a bevy of local beauties .

Carnival line-up 1949, at 'Con Club' to choose Carnival Queen

Carnival line-up 1949, at ‘Con Club’ to choose Carnival Queen : photo Pat Burt

From left: Jean Levey, Ella Jackman, Pam Henderson (chosen to be Queen), Mrs Eames, Barbara Holloway, Annette Holloway, Pat Adams, (chosen as attendant) Jessie Attrill, with Newt Kelsey judging or looking on.

Pam Henderson is crowned carnival Queen in 1949, at first carnival after WWII

Pam Henderson is crowned carnival Queen in 1949, at first full  carnival after WWII

At the crowning ceremony are: from left, Robert May, Heather Harris (married Raich Doe), Pat Adams (married Mick Burt), Pam Henderson, Carnival Queen, Miss New Zealand, and Mr J. Flanders who officiated.

The boy peeping between is John Orchard, staying with his Uncle who had a taxi.

Miss New Zealand was persuaded by Mrs Hans Hamilton to put in an appearance, and seemed to enjoy the parade.

Yarmouth Carnival 1948 Miss New Zealand

Yarmouth Carnival 1949 Miss New Zealand joins the parade


Pat Burt: WWII, VE Day

I went down to Bouldnor 1ST Park on V.E. day, May 8th 1945. We all had a day off school, and I was studying for my exams, and I went down there with all my homework on the beach. You used to be able to walk through the copse to the beach. It wasn’t a very nice beach but you could sit on the bank there.  We used to go down and have picnics.  We used to walk there quite often. Pat Burt

School log: VE Day

Yarmouth School log: VE Day

Pat Burt, Annette Haynes: WWII food 1940s

We had our groceries delivered from Higginbothams  2 doors away. I used to write the order in the book every week  – sugar, butter, marg, lard, tea, bacon, cheese because  they were the things that were rationed. We were only allowed so much of those.  That was my job to write the order. Pat Burt nee Adams b1929

We didn’t do too badly on it though. We were all right because we had the Naafi manager with us during the war. The Naafi was in the Kings Head. Annette Haynes nee Holloway b1929

Pat Burt, Annette Haynes: WWII air raid sirens

Kevack across to North House

Kevack across to North House

I remember hearing war had broken out on the radio. We lived in the stone cottage ‘Kevack’ in the High Street. During the early part of the war when the air raid sirens went, we used to rush over and down into the cellars of North House, but that was only for a short while until we had the Morrison table shelter delivered  –  I think we had that by 1942.    Pat Burt

I was away in Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham, when war broke out. I was staying with a friend of my mother’s, I called her my aunt – she wanted to adopt me.  I was so worried because my mother couldn’t get me a gas mask because I wasn’t at home, and my ‘aunt’ couldn’t get a gas mask for me.  I had to come back home of course.
We had an Anderson shelter in the garden.  I remember my brother saying, ‘If I’m going to be killed, I’ll be killed in my bed. I’m not going down to the shelter.’
Annette Haynes

Pat Burt: Shops, Station Road, Mr. Burt’s 1980s

Burt’s shop had 2 owners before Mr. Burt.    When we were early teenage, Mrs Cook kept the Station Road grocers, followed by Mr and Mrs Hannaford, followed by Mr Burt who moved here in 1949 ( his funeral  was 2 weeks ago, just short of his 100th).   It was through his brother, Jack (Mr. Burt in the Square) that he came down from London. Jack told him there was a business going  – he was doing greengrocery  on the mainland so he moved here.
Burt’s used to deliver out in the country, to Thorley.
Pat Burt nee Adams b 1929

Mr. Burt, outside Burts Station Rd

Mr. dudley Burt, outside Burts Station Rd:photo Christine Woodhead

We used to get a big bag of sweeties from Mr. Burt for 1d.
Janice Perkins nee Pomroy 1943


Pat Burt, Shops: High Street 1930s

Haward’s fish shop was on the corner – Pinings.  Because there were no fridges, the ice for the fish shop was brought by horse and cart and delivered in the back entrance. One day the horse dropped dead, don’t you remember? In the entrance to the lane, the horse died.  It was a shock.
The butcher’s next door was Minnie Flint’s Flint and Fryer were the same butcher.  Ablitts was further down the High Street. Pat B

Kellys Directory Yarmouth 39  listing residents, shops and services A -M

Kellys Directory Yarmouth 39  Minnie Flint: Butcher


urt nee Adams b 1929

Shops: Mills and bakers, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s

Mills had a very dark haired nice- looking boy who used to push the bread round daily on wooden trucks door to door. Also we had bread delivered from Whilliers at Newbridge.
Pat Burt nee Adams b 1929

Athel Henderson worked in a bakehouse in Mills. They used to cook some bread there, when you come to think of it!  They had 2 vans on the road, one used to go out with the bread and one with the groceries. Brian Pomroy b 1937

I can remember sitting in our big old pram outside the bakehouse, waiting for my Dad ( Athel)  to finish his shift. Terry Henderson b 1947