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Broadland Holiday 1954


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I found this whilst having a trawl on YouTube yesterday evening and it's an absolute gem! Filmed on 8mm cine in colour in 1954 it follows a family holiday which covers a major part of both the northern and southern rivers and runs for just over 26 minutes.

Lots of footage taken on the rivers with loads of lovely old woodies, also some interesting street scenes at Wroxham/Hoveton and Great Yarmouth yacht station and seafront (including a visit to Joyland). They also visit Coltishall, Horning, Potter Heigham and Ranworth. On the southern rivers they pass the Red House at Cantley on their way up to Norwich - again some nice footage of the city. On the Waveney they stop off at St. Olaves and head to Oulton Broad. They pass the Golden Galleon at one point and a passenger steamer on Breydon .... and we also get a glimpse of MTB-653 which moored near Horning during the 1950s.

The family took the holiday on the motor cruiser "Harbinger" which was seemingly hired from Stalham Yacht Station. It's an amazing piece if film and the fact that it is in colour really brings 1950s Broadland to life!


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Fascinating footage Carol, many thanks for sharing with us. Taken the year after I was born! :o Glimpses of a few pubs in passing too. It amazing how little quay heading there was in those days, most of the moorings were just grass banks. Love the woolly hats too! Brilliant stuff. :clap


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