METFIELD Tales from a Suffolk Village 1928–2017
as told by Christine Brennan
Christine’s book was published at the launch party on Saturday 11 November. There was standing room only as guests (more than 200 of them) packed into Metfield Village Hall in the early evening and the crowd buzzed with excitement.
Granddaughter Abigail told us a bit about her Nan and how the book came about, highlighting Christine’s passion for preserving Metfield’s history. The books were unveiled with a flourish and a roar of appreciation from the crowd.
Memories and emotions were stirred up, stories swapped, drinks drunk and nibbles nibbled. Queues were formed, books were signed, photos were enjoyed, old friends and neighbours caught up with each other.
Well over 200 books were sold on the night. Feedback was fantastic – people were impressed with the overall quality and the number of photos. It was recognised as a ‘proper’ book, so much more than just a local history or personal memoire. One guest commented as follows:
Just a quick note to thank you and all the team for the most fabulous ‘book launch’ party on Saturday evening. I am sure everybody there enjoyed it as much as I did and it served well the object of the evening: the launch of Christine’s METFIELD Tales from a Suffolk Village 1928–2017. It is the most delightful read, both straight through and also for dipping into. The book knocks spots off other village memoires I have read and I am sure Christine appreciates the wealth of talent she surrounded herself with.
Copies of the book (RRP £10.00) are now available from Metfield Stores in Metfield, Robinson’s Stationers in Harleston, Fressingfield Stores in Fressingfield, Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum in Flixton, The Chocolate Box in Bungay and Halesworth Bookshop.
Jonathan Brinton, until recently a Metfield resident, kindly acted as official photographer for the occasion. Here is a selection of his pics. All photos are © Jonathan Brinton and may not be used without permission.
Left: A night to remember. Author Christine with granddaughter Abigail. A real family affair. And lots of her family came to support her. Right: Fine-tuning the speeches. Photos © Jonathan Brinton.
Left: Happy customers Lynda and Wandia. Right: Tired of waiting. When can we buy our books? Photos © Jonathan Brinton.
At last! I wonder if grandad gets a Obvious, isn’t it?
mention? Photo © Jonathan Brinton. Photo © Jonathan Brinton.
Crowds thinning out. Books selling well. Drinks in hand, nibbles circulating.
Photo © Jonathan Brinton.
Christine spent much of the evening raising money for Metfield Village
Hall by signing copies of her book. Photo © Jonathan Brinton.