Anthony Hurren farmed, in the 1960’s, at Park Gate Farm, Stratford St. Andrew, Suffolk where he was tenant under the Cobbold family on the Little Glemham Estate. He also farmed on Lord Ullswater’s Estate at Campsea Ashe where he was a friend of his Lordship. Before that he farmed at Dunningworth Hall, Snape and in the 70’s retired to Leiston.
To this day Anthony is remembered with affection for his broad, blunt and bawdy sayings and country philosophies which ‘at the drop of a hat’ he would surely subject anyone and everyone who he could get to listen.
Lord Ullswater, who sat in the House of Lords, held him in sufficient affection to pass onto him his gold mounted walking stick. Jack Bayfield, who is on this DVD was the Gamekeeper on the Cobbold Estate and they met regularly each Sunday afternoon. Anthony’s sayings influenced Jack’s son Stephen to the effect of composing for his occasion an explicit song about his mentor which concludes this most memorable evening.
Anthony’s wife May, by way of contrast, was a most refined lady who ran an expensive gown shop in Aldeburgh. Their recreation was ballroom dancing and Anthony, on best behaviour, could be seen almost every New Years Eve strutting, in dinner jacket, to Mrs Punchard’s Band at The White Lion at Aldeburgh or helping to throw out the late night invasion of ‘fisherboys with their earrings’.
On 11th September 2004, some 30 years or thereabouts after his death, a number of people who remembered him gathered to swap anecdotes and stories such was his impact on their lives and this is the results. In spite of his outspokenness and constant desire to tell everyone what to do if he thought that anyone genuinely needed help he would be the first to oblige. Just one of the colourful characters who do not seem to be around any more in the computer age.
Going from right to left around the room are: Daphne Gant, Roger Blythe, Neil Lanham, Jack Bayfield, Stephen Bayfield, Richard Turner, John Barker, John Gant, Derek Stannard & Roy Cook.
Venue: The Crab & Winkle, Framlingham
Photo Courtesty: George Smith
Camera: Hazel Lanham
Traditional 4 stop C Melodeon Music: The late Steve Monk
Produced: December 2004
Product Code: NLDVD