MEMORY LANE - When Sir Geoff Hurst came to Eye

England football legend Geoff Hurst signs autographs at Eye Airfield.
England football legend Geoff Hurst signs autographs at Eye Airfield.
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Can you believe it’s been 50 years since England entered the sporting history books and claimed its first, and still its only football World Cup?

July 30 of this year will mark exactly half a century since The Three Lions triumphed 4-2 after extra-time in the final against Germany at Wembley Stadium.

And for anyone familiar with this historic match, 
no name will ring clearer 
than that of striker Sir Geoff Hurst, whose hat-trick of goals has forever placed him in the pantheon of great English footballers.

North Suffolk residents alive around this era, however, might also remember the time Sir Geoff paid a special visit to Eye to meet excited fans, as seen in this picture.

The image, credited to a Mr L J Ward from The Causeway in Diss, and submitted to the Diss Express by Alf Chambers of Eye, shows the West Ham United legend signing autographs for youngsters at Eye Airfield, on a currently unknown date.

Do you have any recollections of this event?

And can you identify anybody featured in this vintage photograph?

We would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with the Diss Express editorial team by phoning 01379 658010 or contacting editorial@dissexpress.co.uk