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Looking Back

Wivenhoe: New book traces history of cricket in riverside community

Looking Back: Characters from Colchester's past

Wivenhoe: Photo exhibition brings past to the present

Bill Wendon uses the brush on customer Eddie Rhymes

A bit of a do as hairbrush gets place in history

Girlguiding archivist Susan Leng with the shield, the prize for a cookery competition.

Susan has the right ingredients for Guides' shield tale

Birthday celebrations – staff at Colchester Castle mark its 150 years of being a museum

Colchester Castle Museum celebrates its 150th birthday as a museum

A summer barbecue when the officers' club was a popular social venue.

Dancing days to treasure at Colchester Officers' Club

Freddy the Shrimp Man – Freddy Chapman, who used to sell his shellfish at the top of Scheregate Steps, Colchester. Picture courtesy Patrick Denney’s book Images of England: Colchester.

Freddy the Shrimp Man: a real Colchester character

What a century: Harry Booth, still sprightly and full of memories at 100. (CO33487)

Harry really has seen it all

Casualty of war: the Staunton which was blown up off Brightlingsea in 1940 with the loss of 13 lives.

Trawler crew lost when mine struck

Those were the days: Nora Frost looks at pictures from her Guiding days. (CO32404)

Forging links that lasted a lifetime

They all played a part: the cast of Merrie England in 1942.

Did you star in production of Merrie England?

Where are they now? the class of 1966 at Sir Anthony Deane School.

Appeal to find long-lost classmates

Happy days: Jeanette Downing, nee Smith, with her St Helena schoolfriends.

Jeanette's hoping to meet up with old pals

Frank Bailey of 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, pictured as an officer in the Thirties

Essex men who fought in Somme should be recognised with memorial

History on film: Bernard Polley and Jo Edwards with the old film of Colchester, shot in the 1960s.

Found on film: how Colchester was in the 60s

Round the world adventure: Cap Pilar skipper Adrian Seligman, who sailed around the world with his wife Jane. They came home a year later with new daughter, Jessica.

Navigator's delight at Cap Pilar's fame

Author: Colin Drake with his new book Waterside Memories.

Tales of life by the water in Tollesbury

Can you help solve maritime mystery?

My friend: Esmé Barrett with one of her notebooks containing the diaries of George Batterbury.

I preserved the diaries of the Cap Pilar navigator

Centenary: the 9th Colchester Scouts, pictured in 1913, who will be celebrating their 100th birthday next year.

Be prepared to help gather Scouts' history

Fatal crash: Flt Sgt Eric Lawrence, who died when his plane crashed in the Italian Alps.

Piecing together facts about fatal air crash

Remembering: Dunkirk veteran Cyril 'Dick' Raven.

The "little ship" that saved my life

A proper police farewell

Recycling and repairs

Pages from the past: Boot camp and smells

Pages from the past: Town bids farewell to regiment

Do you know the mystery pictures

This mystery picture was taken in 1923

Do you recognise these faces from the past?

Ten years ago

Five years ago

Looking back

100 years ago: School escapes fire

40 years ago: pedestrians held up

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