The History of the Broads Boating Holiday

Another Norfolk Broads film has appeared on YouTube this week which deserves a mention on here. “The History of the Broads Boating Holiday” was made for the Broads Authority in 1987 by the East Anglian Film Archive and features some lovely old footage of Broadland from 1908 to the 1960s.

At just under 30 minutes in length, the video combines photographs with the moving footage to give a potted history of the holiday industry on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. Whilst some of the films used will be familiar to visitors of the East Anglian Film Archive website, there are others which I don’t think I’ve seen before.  From Horning Regatta in 1908, shot by Charles Aldous, the film moves on to some lovely cine footage from the 1920s which shows what looks like one of George Smith’s or William Littleboy’s passenger launches at Wroxham, along with some truly amazing film of Horning which is in stunning condition for its age. Following on from this is a selection of films from the 1930s which includes a home movie of a holiday taken by a party of gents onboard the motor cruiser Enchantress which was hired from Leo Robinson at Oulton Broad. There’s a nice feature on wherries and also clips from Blakes and Hoseasons promotional films for the Norfolk Broads from the 1930s, the late 1940s and the 1960s. The History of the Broads Boating Holiday is highly recommended viewing and, for added nostalgia value on my part, the narrator definitely has a touch of Oliver Postgate about him!

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