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It has a Landamore’s burgee on the front and has been identified for me as being one of their Vesta class. Dis they encounter problems with the Vesta and were swapped onto a boat from another yard? I’ll leave you to spot the locations, but a couple of things stood out on my first viewing – look at the amount of foam coming from the sewage works at Whitlingham as they pass, and how many swans were there on Hickling Broad?It’s another great addition to the film section of the archive and is the latest in a flurry of activity of the website due to an enforced rest on my part.The costs of maintaining their existing wherry “Albion” have meant that the planned restoration of The Lord Roberts has not been possible, and she has remained submerged in a private dyke at Wroxham ever since.My highlight from the personal memories is the account of a honeymoon aboard “Gala Girl” in 1980 from Brijan.The hire fleets have sadly dwindled and boatyards have disappeared, the prime riverside land sold off for housing developments and the issues of governance and maintenance of the waterways has raised concerns amongst residents and long term boaters alike, but the holidaymakers still return.For many, like myself, once the “Broads Bug” bites you’re hooked!
The start of the film throws up a bit of a puzzle though as the cruiser from which the film is being shot as they pass through Great Yarmouth is not Ring of Light, which features during the rest of the holiday.
The 1980s and 1990s photo galleries and personal memories sections are much smaller by comparison to the rest of the archive but there are some gems amongst them.
This was taken by Pete Sanders in 1983 and shows the recently raised and moved trading wherry “Lord Roberts” at Wroxham.
Whilst it’s never regained the popularity of the 1960s and 1970s, there has been a steady stream of visitors to Broadland over the last few decades.
People who first visited the Broads as children during those decades have introduced their own children to the delights of a boating holiday and a new generation has come to love the Broads for what it has to offer.