Cat no. 6193

It Happened In Norwich: 1954-1973

Running time35:14 Colour Silent 1954-1973 Norwich, Norfolk

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A portrait of the civic and public life of Norwich in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.


AmateurDocumentaryPortrait of a Place

Made by local amateur filmmaker Charles Scott, the film documents the civic and public life of Norwich over two decades. Beginning in 1954, and in black and white, Scott records the redevelopment and construction of shopping sites along Orford Place, as well as a city centre parade of elephants from the Bertram Mills Circus.

Scott records a passing-out parade at Britannia Barracks, witnessed by soldiers' family and friends, and a group of dignitaries lead by Lord Mayor R.H. Mottram, and provides brief shots of the completed Orford Place shops in 1956. In March 1959, with Norwich City FC in the midst of a remarkable FA Cup run, Scott records the massive queues as football fans wait to purchase one of the 31,000 tickets released for the 6th round replay against Sheffield United.

The colour section begins with action from the 1959 Royal Norfolk Show, with an array of livestock, horses, marching bands and parade vehicles, as well as a visit from the Queen Mother. Also shown is a visit to Norwich by the Band of the Grenadier Guard; 'Norwich Week' celebrations; a large school athletics carnival; an appearance by comedian Tommy Trinder, fresh from performing at the Windmill Theatre in Great Yarmouth; as well as a visit by the Band of the Coldstream Guards and more action from the Royal Norfolk Show.

In 1969, Scott records a visit by the Menin Gate Buglers from Ypres, Belgium, who perform the 'Last Post' at the Norwich Cenotaph. The following year, a contingent of crew from the HMS Norfolk and the Band of the Royal Marines march through Norwich. Scott also captures a 1971 ceremony marking the death of Nurse Edith Cavell with a guard of honour by the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards, and the 1972 visit by US airmen who served in East Anglia. Scott's film concludes in 1973, with Jarrolds department store celebrating 150 years on London Street, with people dressed in period costume leading a small street parade.


Mostly colour, but the first sections are in b/w.

Featured People:

Ralph Hale Mottram, Lord Mayor of Norwich (1953/54); Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Tommy Trinder; Bishop of Norwich, Right Reverend Maurice Wood; Mr Dick Seabrook, Lord Mayor of Norwich; Mrs Seabrook

Featured Organisations:

Bertram Mills Circus; Curls Department Store; Norwich City Football Club; Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association; Band of the Grenadier Guard; Band of the Coldstream Guard; Menin Gate Buglers; Band of the Royal Marines; 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards

Featured Events:

Royal Norfolk Show, 1959; Norwich City FC 1958/59 FA Cup Run

Featured Buildings:

Britannia Barracks, Norwich; Curls Department Store (now Debenham's), Norwich; Windmill Theatre, Great Yarmouth; Norwich City Hall; Norwich Guild Hall; Norwich Cenotaph; Norwich Cathedral

Charles Scott

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