Photo by Martin Johns

Huggie Gibbs

Huggie was born in Hickling in 1943, an only child. His mother worked at Hickling school for 35 years but his father died (aged 56), following prolonged ill health, due to being severely wounded in Burma during World War II.

Following his education at Hickling and Stalham schools, Huggie worked for Sands, driving big machinery such as bulldozers – a role he performed for 45 years, even staying on an extra year after his scheduled retirement date.

Huggie reminisces about children’s games and tells tales of the local wildlife seen in his youth.

Still an active member of the  village, Huggie tells of changes he has seen in village life and gives a detailed insight into shops in the village in the latter part of the last century.