Taken just upstream of Potter Heigham Bridge, this photograph shows Len and Audrey
Wright with their baby nephew Tony Cooke.
Another photograph taken at the same location which shows the old boat sheds which
once lined the river between the two bridges. Len and Audrey are joined by Harry
Joe Cooke and Audrey Wright, pictured in the wheelhouse of Royal Oak whilst cruising
on the river.
The Berney Arms Mill, pictured in September 1961.
A busy Oulton Broad Yacht Station with Waller’s restaurant and stores seen in the
background. Of the boats moored at the yacht station, the first seen on the right
was Y407 the 34ft “Two of Hearts” from Hearts Cruisers of Thorpe St. Andrew which
was later renamed “Gay Heart”. Next to it was A281, one of the Fairwind class from
Windboats of Wroxham. I’m not sure what the third boat is, but fourth along is one
of the original “Admiral” class of cruisers from C.J. Broom of Brundall which became
the “Supreme Commander” class c1970.
The three sisters, Audrey Wright, Ann Aylott and Doreen Cooke pose for the camera
in some rather interesting straw hats on board Royal Oak at Oulton Broad Yacht Station.
The whole family on board Royal Oak, also photographed at Oulton Broad in 1961.
Harry and Florrie Aylott pictured with their three daughters at Oulton Broad Yacht
The following small collection of photographs date from 1961 and were taken during a holiday on the motor cruiser Royal Oak by Audrey and Len Wright. Audrey was the sister of Harry Aylott who’s collection of photographs taken during holidays in the 1950s can be found here. Many thanks to Rob Aylott for submitting them to the archive.
B540 “Royal Oak” seen moored in the Broads Haven basin at Potter Heigham in September
1961. The 42ft, 8 berth Royal Oak was built by Eastick’s at Acle in the late 1930s
and was on hire with them up until the 1960s when she was sold and became part of
the Herbert Woods fleet at Potter Heigham.