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Lowestoft dentist dies

Dr David Johnson, of Oulton Broad, spent decades treating hundreds of patients at surgeries on the High Street and Corton Road. He began his career at Birds Eye where he became a development manager ... read more

Composer Benjamin Britten died from heart failure brought on by syphilis caught from gay lover

Britten died in 1976 having never fully recovered from heart surgery ... is to be celebrated in 12 months of dedicated programming from the BBC. The Suffolk-born dentist's son showed musical talent ... read more

Benjamin Britten centenary: Suffolk landscape's inspiration

And Britten is firmly in evidence around Aldeburgh, where he lived and worked for 20 years, and died in 1976 ... in the village as a concert hall. Back in Lowestoft, where he was born the son of a ... read more

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Benjamin Britten's diaries reveal boys, bitching and brilliance

Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten, 1928-1938, edited by John Evans, is published by Faber The diaries open as the young Benjamin heads to boarding school, "worse luck!". The ... read more


Benjamin Britten,63, is Dead in England

The composer, who had been fighting poor health for more than three years, died with two of his closest friends ... He was born in the Suffolk town of Lowestoft on Nov. 22, 1913, the son of a dentist ... read more

Matthew Parris on Owen Jones, Alan Johnson on hawks, David Crane on Noah’s Flood: Spectator books of the year

Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking, £12.99) is narrated by a misanthropic New York dentist. Paul O’Rourke wishes ... driving one day in 2001 on the A146 from Norwich to Lowestoft, ... read more

Maestro of Malice: He was an undoubted genius. So why was Benjamin Britten, born 100 years ago today, such an unpleasant human being?

Unlike them, Britten — the son of a dentist from Lowestoft — wrote dazzling music in his teens ... and the first composer to be made a peer. Yet he died aged just 63, worn out and — according to his ... read more

When bombs fell on river town

Two people died. Ken's parents Jack and Hilda Ritchie were the licensees ... on houses in Church Street and one behind the old St Leonard's rectory, which is now a dentist. Two or three incendiary ... read more

Memories of a Teenager During the War

I soon settled back into life at Lowestoft and got a job at Floods Printers. I was working off the main road near to where my dad worked as a dental mechanic ... were happily married until he sadly ... read more

BOOK REVIEW / A composer in search of the songs of innocence: 'Benjamin Britten: A Biography' - Humphrey Carpenter: Faber, 20 pounds

THE indefinite article is an unnecessary modesty: this isn't a biography so much as the biography, the one the music world has waited for with bated breath since Britten died 16 years ... that his ... read more

Benjamin Britten biographies by Paul Kildea and Neil Powell – review

A century after his birth in Lowestoft, the youngest of four children born to a dentist and his wife, Britten's life and work are being celebrated with a level of excitement no one can have imagined ... read more

Blundeston Prison: Inside Reggie Kray's old prison cell

He has walked around the sprawling carcass of Blundeston Prison, near Lowestoft, in Suffolk ... the consulting rooms in the medical block Image caption The chair from the dental room has been removed. ... read more



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