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Picture of Beccles town sign unearthed but who is the man painting it?

PUBLISHED: 17:40 03 January 2017

A craftsman perfecting the Beccles town sign. Picture: Archant library.

A craftsman perfecting the Beccles town sign. Picture: Archant library.

Archant

Can you help us piece together the story behind this picture?

We found this photograph of Beccles town sign in our archives, which was taken in the 1950s and wondered if our readers could shed some light on who this man is and the story behind the image?

The original town sign was carved by Judy Quinton Barber in 1936, a well-known Norfolk sculptress.

It shows the presentation of the charter by Queen Elizabeth I to John Baas, the first Port Reeve of Beccles in 1584. The sign was installed at the end of Ballygate upon the instruction of Dr Henry Wood-Hill, mayor of Beccles.

In 1980 the sign was vandalised and a replica was made to replace it.

The original was restored by Arthur Josling and is now on display at Beccles and District Museum.

Replica signs, funded and installed by Prise in Beccles, are on display at each entrance to Beccles from the main roads at George

Westwood Way, London Road, Ellough Road and Northgate.

Do you know anything about this picture, where it was taken and who is painting the sign?

If you have any information email bbj.news@archant.co.uk

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