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Cyril Wright (1905-1961)


On 14th August 2016, during a dulcimer exhibition at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket, we met the daughter of Cyril Wright. Her father had played the dulcimer and she later sent this photograph of him playing in the garden of his house at 29, Wallace Street, Ipswich. Cyril was born in 1905 and died in 1961. The photo is likely to date from the 1940s/50s. According to his daughter, Cyril had been a Salvation Army member – whether this is linked to his musical activities is not known.

Cyril’s parents came from the Stowmarket area and moved around between Ipswich and Coggeshall (near Braintree, Essex) prior to his birth. He was the tenth of twelve children and his father worked in the malting industry.



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