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The first DVD release from the Broadland Memories archive is a fascinating collection of historic cine films c1950 which take you back to the heyday of the post war boating boom on the Norfolk Broads. The film includes footage of the rivers Bure, Waveney and Yare and features scenes of Oulton Broad, Cantley, Great Yarmouth, Wroxham, Salhouse Broad and a stunning colour section of Horning.
The film maker, Stanley Youngs, captured footage of a bygone era of classic yachts and beautiful wooden motor cruisers. Re-
Born and bred in South Norfolk and a baker by trade, my grandfather Stanley was also a keen amateur cine photographer with a passion for creating films of rural Norfolk life which he delighted in showing to people in a makeshift cinema in the bakehouse.
The footage he shot of Broadland was filmed over the course of several day trips taken with family and friends between 1949 and 1951. Although the towns and villages have since grown, much of the area remains largely unchanged 60 years on.
You can view a short trailer of clips from this DVD by clicking on the video box on the left. To view it in full screen just click on the button on the far right at the bottom of the box.
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Shot on 16mm cine film in the early 1930s, this amateur footage follows one family’s holidays afloat on the Norfolk Broads and captures a typical family boating holiday of the era. Whilst providing a fascinating glimpse into the past, the film also documents some of the buildings, bridges and working drainage mills of Broadland which are now long gone.
Beginning their holidays from Herbert Woods boatyard at Potter Heigham, the family hired the motor cruisers “Spark of Light” in 1932 and “Countess of Light” in 1933, both of which feature prominently in the footage. From arrival at the yard to their return at the end of the week, the film follows the family as they cover much the northern and southern rivers of The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. The film includes some wonderful scenes of the Broads Haven yard at Potter Heigham along with footage of Horning, Wroxham, Coltishall, the River Ant, Horsey and the Upper Thurne, Acle, Great Yarmouth, Breydon Water, Oulton Broad, Beccles, Geldeston, Haddiscoe, Reedham and Cantley.
The family’s day to day life on board, the buying of provisions and the topping up with water from the village hand-
You can view a short trailer of clips from the film by clicking on the video box on the right -
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Broadland Memories DVD’s
Boating on the Norfolk Broads in the 1930s -
running time 45 minutes approx.
Boating on the Norfolk Broads in the 1930s DVD
£10.00 including UK delivery
The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads c1950 -
Running time 20 minutes approx.
The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads c1950 DVD
£6.00 including UK delivery
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