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Lowestoft Sandwich

Lowestoft postcard with stamps featuring old images of Lowestoft in each corner.

As part of the recent Heritage Open Days, Special Delivery popped up at Lowestoft Record Offices for a one-off session exploring this year’s theme; Edible England with poet Dean Parkin.

Dean welcomed locals to share their tales, past and present about buying and eating food in Lowestoft, as well as chatting about what people would want to archive from their experiences of Lowestoft. To give a snapshot into Lowestoft’s food and culture, people were asked ‘If you were to write a postcard to someone in the future about your time in Lowestoft, what would you share?’.

Dean complied the shared stories, via our Lowestoft postcards, into new time capsule poem to add to the local archive by way of celebrating Edible England.

If you missed out on this session, but would like to write a postcard to someone in the future, to share your story, please do head down to Lowestoft Record Office, where they will give you a postcard to fill out. All postcards will become part of a larger piece of work that will be exhibited as part of the Special Delivery project at the Lowestoft Record Office.

Below is the time capsule poem created with Dean Parkin.


Lowestoft Sandwich

Summer by the sea, the water, the smell

and wheeling over head – screaming seagulls


Playing football at The Fen

then Mickies for fish and chips


Toast and tea, thick and piping hot

a treat for 25 years at Heil’s


Medium biryani, not too spicy

onions with poppadums – bliss!


At the Chinese restaurant with thick flock wallpaper

you could lose an elephant in but the best sweet & sour chicken balls


Filled rolls from the Glendower bakery

synthetic cream & chewy in the middle meringues


Cook your own food at the Black Rock

raw meat brought to the table, pick your own salads


Long hot sausage roll from Tooks

iced bun from the café in Chadds


Strawberry milk shakes at Chez Gillians

all our fish & chips from Gibbs with a free bag of scraps


Cornish pasty or Saveloys from Bake & Take

after the cinema – 1970s takeaways


Skate, burnt butter & capers

recent evenings at the Tramways


Whoosh & sigh of waves on the pebbles

the salty smell of the air – best place ever


So much sandwiched

between beach, sea and rivers