The first of two photographs which were submitted by Alan Wright showing their family
holiday aboard the Graham Bunn built “Merrywind” which was hired from the Windboats
yard at Wroxham c1960.
The second photograph from 1965 of the fire at Horning Ferry Inn showing the volunteers in the process of rescuing furniture and other items from the burning pub as the fire brigade tackle the blaze. Don remembers that the fire service were quite happy to let people go in and out of the building to retrieve as much as they could. This was not the first disaster to have affected the pub - you can read more about its eventful history on this post on the Broadland Memories Blog.
This is the first of two photographs which were taken by Pete Clark in 1965, and
sent to me by Don Brown who wrote: “In 1965 four mathematics students from Aston
University shared a cruiser on the Broads after exams. We happened upon the Ferry
Inn, Horning with its thatched roof ablaze and (before Elfinsafety) we helped remove
furniture from the pub until the fire service arrived. Hot thirsty work, but we had
to go elsewhere for that drink!”. The photographs capture the dramatic events of
that day in March 1965 when the Ferry Inn caught fire, destroying much of the building.
More photographs from the 1960s
The second photograph of Merrywind taken during the Wright Family holiday c1960.
The following collection of photographs were submitted to the archive by John Turner and were taken during Broadland holidays on the motor cruisers Kingfisher II, Star Glory II and Broad Wave III in the 1960s. You can read John’s accompanying memories of boating on the Broads in the 1960s in the personal memories section of the archive.
John Turner first visited the Norfolk Broads in 1965 with his school friend Roger,
hiring B145 “Kingfisher II” from J.Loynes & Sons boatyard at Wroxham. The Kingfisher
class were built towards the end of the 1930s, measured 22ft in length with an 8ft
beam and were powered by an 8hp 4cyl Morris Vedette petrol engine. Sleeping two in
single berths in the aft cabin, with the galley and toilet in the fore cabin, by
the mid 1960s she was advertised as being equipped with a two burner gas stove with
grill and an ice box. The 1966 edition of Blakes boating brochure listed a hire price
of between £9 10s and £15 16s per person per week depending on the time of year.
The photograph above shows Kingfisher II moored in Upton Dyke in 1965.
Another photograph of Kingfisher II moored in Upton Dyke in 1965. John recalls: “She
was a good boat for novices to handle. She had a big balanced rudder and no skeg,
rather like a sailing cruiser, and could turn easily in her own length. I am pretty
sure that we used to turn her round in the middle of Upton Dyke without having to
bother to go down to the basin at Eastwood Whelpton’s yard.”
The helm and controls of Kingfisher II, photographed by John Turner in 1965.