'Most of the people in this village, when I was younger, were farm labourers. There was a lot of land and you needed a lot of people. You'd see them all bike home at teatime'. A sight that must have been well worth a second glance. A sight that was to be joined by the speaker, one John Albert Haylock. He would never go unnoticed with his flame-red hair. Did they call him Ginger? 'No I don't think so, but I suppose that was because I was such a nice chap, wasn't I'.
Northwold was a different place in those days. 'We had loads of shops and there were four pubs too'.
And how many farms?
'There was Arthur Barber's, William Royal's, George Wright's, Rome and Silkstone's, Harold Smart's, Leonard Crisp's, Hopkin's (which is now Eyles'), Art Jones', Roy Jenkinson's, Spinks and Bateman's - not all big farms though. And it was mainly mixed farming then'.
John was born in 1932 near the recreation ground - 'the house right on the corner. My father worked up High Farm, Didlington and then for the Great Ouse Catchment Boards. He had a few years of retirement until he died in 1975'.
When John was very young the Haylock's moved away - to Little London.
'In those days there were lots of children up there. We went swimming, paddling, fishing - you name it. We used to go up the Water