Another wonderful piece of historic amateur footage of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads has appeared on YouTube this week. Filmed c1965, this 11 minute film was taken during a family holiday on board the motor cruiser A332 Valentina.
Valentina was a four berth, forward drive cruiser which was 31ft in length and looked quite distinctive! When this film was shot, Valentina was part of the Neatishead Boatyard fleet (located near to Neatishead Staithe at this time) – their black and white, chequered burgee can clearly be seen flying on the bow, and the yard itself also appears briefly at the start of the holiday. I always love seeing old home footage of the Broads like this and, even though the camera work is a little shaky, it is still an important record of the local history and entertaining to watch too! The family cruise through Horning and pass a couple of Broads Tours passenger launches and one of the 1960s ice cream boats. Later they visit St.Olaves and Oulton Broad where an unidentified wherry yacht is filmed gliding across the the water. The Queen of the Broads passenger steamer also makes an appearance.