AdnamsGirl Posted September 30, 2010 Share Posted September 30, 2010 Hi all .... back from my sabbatical! (Actually ... it was called building walls, laying paving and freezing my bits off in a tent for the Goodwood Revival weekend!) I have a few interesting old postcards and photos which I have yet to do anything with yet and thought some of them might be of interest. The first shows quite an historic event .... this was the fire which destroyed Britannia Pier at GY in December 1909. The original wooden pier was opened in 1858 but had it's length reduced by 50ft just a year later when a schooner collided with it (you know what these salty bottoms are like! ). It apparently suffered a second collision in 1868 which took away a bit more. In 1901 it was replaced with a new pier constructed out of steel and wood, and the 2500 seater grand pavillion was built. The pavillion was destroyed in the fire you see below. A new Brittania pier opened in 1910, but just four years later it suffered the same fate as its predecessor when it too burnt to the ground. The third pavillion managed to last through WW2, although the pier alledgedly had a hole blown in it during WW2 as a precaution against enemy planes landing! In 1954 the pier and its building were destroyed by yet another fire ... the current pier was opened in 1958. Staying with Britannia Pier .... at the entrance to the pier which was destroyed in 1909 was a helter skelter which, as seen in the postcatd below dated 1906, charged 1d per mat. It will probably look vaguely familiar to most people on here ..... after the fire the remains of the helter skelter were moved to Potter Heigham, the middle section becoming a holiday cottage and the top an outside toilet. "Dutch Tutch" is now probably one of the most photgraphed buildings on the Broads! Off to Norwich in 1912 .... this one is a complete mystery to me and I would love to know more about it! All I can tell you is that is labelled as being "The Flying Man". It looks as though the name of the aircraft may possibly be Firefly. I can't read what the notice poster says, but the writting on the plane tells us the "The public are requested not to touch". There also appears to be a name written under the wing? If anyone knows anything about this event or who the flying man was then please do tell!! Carol Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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