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Large congregation attends special service marking 90 years of Beccles hospital

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 October 2014

Beccles hospital celebrates its 90th anniversary.
(Left) Matron Susie Capon with staff  Gillian Wright,Laura-Lee Wood, Melissa Baldwin and Peaches Gallon.

Beccles hospital celebrates its 90th anniversary. (Left) Matron Susie Capon with staff Gillian Wright,Laura-Lee Wood, Melissa Baldwin and Peaches Gallon.

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A large congregation attended a special service in St Michael’s Church, Beccles, to mark the 90th anniversary of the town’s hospital.

Beccles hospital celebrates its 90th anniversary.Beccles hospital celebrates its 90th anniversary.

The War Memorial Hospital in St Mary’s Street first opened its doors to patients in 1924.

It was built as a lasting memorial to all those from the town who had died in the First World War.

For the past 90 years staff at the hospital have been providing a great service to the community living in the Beccles area.

Susie Capon, the hospital’s matron, said the service on Sunday brought home just how much the hospital means to so many people.

“It was a wonderful service led by the Rev Canon John Beauchamp.

“There was a good sized congregation and everyone who spoke about their memories of the hospital only had the highest praise,” she said.

“The present day staff also had a chance to meet those who had served in the hospital in previous years.

“It was one of those occasions that will stay long in the memory,” said Ms Capon.

As the First World War came to an end the residents of Beccles wanted to do something to show their respect for the many men and women from the area who had made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflict.

It was decided that a new hospital serving their families, friends and neighbours would be a fitting and lasting memorial.

Since 1924 the Beccles War Memorial Hospital has been providing expert care for the sick and dying of Beccles and the surrounding area.

Over the years the building and the equipment inside has changed dramatically but the loving care has continued to shine through for the past 90 years. The local community continue to support their local hospital and are looking to the future with confidence.

Do you have any memories of Beccles War Memorial Hospital?

Email david.lennard@archant.co.uk

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