The Royal Oak - events
1963 and local boy Alan Eastell emigrates to Australia under the £10 passage scheme. The faces from L-R are;- Doreen Smith, Brian Greensides, Fred Parker, Olive Eastell, Andrew Spruce, Alan Eastell, Bert Eastell, and Zeph Eastell. (Pic.Ken Smith).
1963 Helen Shapiro pushes over the pile of pennies in the bar. The collection is donated to N.A.N.S.A. (Norfolk and Norwich Spastic Association). (Pic.Ken Smith).
1964. This year its Bert Weedon posing with the locals before he pushes over the pennies. (Pic.Ken Smith).
1965. This year Matt Munro does the honours ,with the help of Miss N.A.N.S.A. (Pic.Ken Smith)
1965 and another charity fund raiser. This giant Easter Egg was raffled in the bar. Behind the bar Eric and Doreen Smith and ,pint in hand, George Smy keep a watchful eye. (Pic.Ron Arthurton).
1966 Norwich City legend Kevin Keelan and ??????? draw the lucky ticket for this years giant Easter Egg watched by Poringland F.C.Chairman Mr.Fred Parker. (Pic.Ron Arthurton).
1966 Anglia T.V. presenter John Mcgregor demolishes the pile of pennies Assisted by Eric and Doreen Smith,Miss N.A.N.S.A. and Tony Goodyear. (Pic.Jane Goodyear).
1968 and Norwich City F.C. manager Lol Morgan does the honours. Holding the blanket is Andrew Spruce and Jack Eastell. (Pic.Ron Arthurton).
Current landlord John Howlett and his wife Doreen watch as Lol Morgan pushes over the pile of pennies in 1968. (Pic.Ron Arthurton).
Looking after the pennies. Retired landlord Eric Smith and his wife Doreen, centre, return to count the proceeds of the "Pile of Pennies", with Eileen Smy. Over £400 had been raised during the past few years.Eric and Doreen left in 1966 to take over the shop next door, Doric Stores. (Pic.Ron Arthurton
Another retirement. November 12th 1974 and John and Doreen Howlett step down after 8 years behind the bar. Sharing the moment are;- at the back, 'Bully' Bull, Tim Fox., then L-R, Billy Cushing, Nick Elliston, Brian Gowing, Doreen Howlett, Steve Warminger, John Howlett and Brian Orford. (Pic.R.Gooderham).