Norfolk Broads 1967

Yet another amateur cine film of the Norfolk Broads in the 1960s has been uploaded to YouTube this week and, as ever, I thought I should share it with you on here. Running for just over eighteen minutes, this latest addition features a holiday on the northern rivers taken by a group of five friends in 1967 and was uploaded by YouTube user pepperyhot.

The five berth, 32ft motor cruiser Tranquil was hired from Richardson’s boatyard at Stalham, and in the summer of 1967 would have cost the group just over £60 for a week’s hire. I know I always say it, but once again there is some lovely footage of Broadland, beginning with a trip down the Ant to Ludham Bridge and then on to South Walsham Broad. We follow the holidaymakers as they pass St. Benets and Thurne Dyke Mill before heading to Womack Staithe. There are also some great shots of everyday life on board the boat – preparing food, eating meals, washing up, engine checks and filling the water tank up using a bucket at the Womack Staithe pump! The friends head to Potter Heigham next where it’s quite a tight fit under the bridge! On to Horsey with some lovely footage taken from the top of the mill. The last part of the film sees them back on the River Bure where they visit Ranworth and Wroxham. Super stuff!

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