Cat no. 94

Holiday Film

Running time2:59 Black & White Sound c.1934 Norfolk Broads, Norfolk

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A group of young men have a holiday on the Broads


Home Movies

An amateur film showing a lads' outing on the Broads. The film shows them drinking ale outside public houses and pulling faces for the camera. This is how the film begins, followed by shots from a moving boat showing a rowing boat and sailing boats. Then the group are shown catching a bus. Pub garden scenes follow once again, this time with one of the crew wearing a sweater with the name of the boat, `The Enchantress'. `The Enchantress' is then shown on a broad, possibly Wroxham, moving around slowly. Passengers are sitting on the top deck. Finally the lads are shown playing cricket with a shovel outside the Queen's Head Hotel in Acle High Street.

Background Information:

At the time, mixed parties would not have been allowed - unless they were family parties.

`The Enchantress' was a handsome motor cruiser fitted throughout in teak. She was built at Twickenham in 1898, but soon came to the broads. Later she was put into the hire fleet of Robinsons Yard at Oulton Broad. In the 1934 catalogue she was described as a luxurious craft with new 30-40 H.P. engines. (She was electronically powered). The description continues:

"Large kitchen well equipped with stoves, oven, pantry, etc. Exceptional upper deck room, which is ideal for sitting out. Wicker arm chairs and tables are provided for having tea on the upper deck. Beds fitted with Vi-spring mattresses and down pillows and very comfortable. Wash basins in each cabin with hot water laid on. Self-emptying w.c. with flush pump. Piano in saloon, also folding wash basins with hot water. Drawers in saloon and bedrooms. Electric light throughout. Large sliding Windows, mosquito nets for night. Electric bells from saloon and all cabins to steward's quarters. Completely fitted with everything of first class quality for living and sleeping on board, except towels. Crew - two in number - skilled engineer acting as skipper, and steward who attends to all cooking. Large new mahogany Centre board Sailing Dinghy. Terms per week with two attendants -

19th May to 21st July £22.10.0
21st July to 28th July £27.10.0
28th July to 25th August £28.15.0
25th August to 8th September £22.10.0
Other dates £17.10.0"

(See Eastern Daily Press, 19/10/78)

Featured Buildings:

Queen's Head Hotel, Acle

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