The Singing Postman
Many people will remember Allan Smethurst, who recorded as the ‘Singing Postman' in the nineteen sixties and who reached the charts with his local dialect song ‘Hev Yew Got a Loight Boy?'
But not everyone knows that there was a local connection with the village of Reydon. Allan's songs were played live in the 'Roundabout East Anglia' studio by presenter Ralph Tuck a local business man who had a home at ‘Four Winds' (now Newlands Hotel), Halesworth Road in Reydon. The local songs became so popular with listeners that Ralph decided to issue some records which he made in his tiny studio described as ‘the smallest recording organisation in the world'.
But within weeks the first one hundred had sold, followed by a further one thousand and eventually another ten thousand. The Singing Postman was soon on ‘Top of the Pops' and with a summer season at the ‘Windmill Theatre' in Great Yarmouth. In subsequent years many more recordings were issued and these are now available on CD although the original vinyl records still sometimes appear on the internet under ‘Ralph Tuck Promotions' with the familiar local address ‘Four Winds', Reydon, Southwold. The only book about ‘The Singing Postman' and the Ralph Tuck connection was written by Radio Norfolk broadcaster: Keith Skipper to which this brief summary is credited.
Reverend John Youngs: ‘Church Anew'
The Reverend John Youngs, a Reydon man, has the claim to fame that he was the founder of the town of Southold, New York, the oldest English town in New York State.
Youngs was born in 1598 and died on February 24th1672 and was at one time the curate to the vicar at St Margaret's Church in Reydon. He was the first child of the Reverend Christopher Yonges, vicar of Southwold 1611-1626, and his wife Margaret.
In 1637 he sailed to Salem, Massachusetts aboard the ‘Mary Anne' with his second wife Joan and his five children. Although the family first resided in Salem they travelled across to Long Island coming ashore at Peconic Bay where John founded Southold and established the first permanent settlement in New York in the year 1640.
A Wikipedia article that mentions John Youngs can be found here.
Thanks to Chris Ure for providing the information on this page.