Gedney Drove End wildfowler writing a book about his life

Norman Parnell with his painting of his fishing boat, Suzanna II. Photo: SG171013-113NG
Norman Parnell with his painting of his fishing boat, Suzanna II. Photo: SG171013-113NG

One of wildfowler Norman Parnell’s proudest moments is meeting the Queen.

The Queen was visiting RAF Holbeach Bombing Range and Norman and his son Carl – who act as a father and son team in ordnance clearance work on the range and maintenance of buoys and beacons at sea – got the chance to shake hands with her.

Norman says: “She said to my son, ‘I bet he’s a rum one’.”

Over the years Norman – a fully qualified explosives expert – has blown up a mine.

He has also completed a gamekeeper’s course and has years of experience as a wildfowler.

His club, Gedney Drove End & District Wildfowlers’ Association, has also given him a great deal of pleasure.

Norman says: “It’s given me a chance to meet a lot of people and I have made a lot of friends. I made a few enemies too, being chairman for a good few years.”

Norman says he is writing a book about his eventful life on the Wash marshes.