Film crew shoot scenes onboard historic Yarmouth steam drifter
- Credit: Lauren De Boise
She is a 92-year fishing vessel which has helped to keep a vital part of Great Yarmouth's maritime heritage alive for the current generation to enjoy.
And now the Lydia Eva has taken centre stage in the town as she switched on her engines for the first time in 18 months as a film crew arrived to shoot scenes for a blockbuster movie.
The Lydia Eva has already played a major role in the prequel film to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that is starring Timothee Chalamet, Norfolk's Olivia Coleman and Matt Lucas.
She had been transported down to Lyme Regis on the south coast last year and featured in scenes where a young Willy Wonka arrives in England.
Friday's filming by the visual effects crew at Lydia Eva's berth on Yarmouth's South Quay will be used to recreate her engine room using CGI movie magic technology to wow cinema-goers on the big screen.
Paul Mitchell, chairman of the Lydia Eva and Mincarlo Trust, was delighted the drifter was playing a major role in the film and hoped it would have a knock-on effect on her.
Mr Mitchell said: "We can't hope for better advertising than being in a film like this. Hopefully it will bring a lot more footfall to the vessel after people see her in the film.
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"It will help keep a part of Yarmouth's history going."
Mr Mitchell was also pleased the Lydia Eva had passed her steam boiler tests over a two-day period, meaning she is ready to take to the water next month.
He said: "To keep the vessel going she has to be certified before she can sail. She has passed her tests and is ready to go now.
"We think it is of paramount importance to keep this vessel running to help keep a part of the town's heritage alive."
The Lydia Eva and Mincarlo Trust, which also has the Lowestoft trawler Mincarlo, is appealing for volunteers. To register an interest call Paul Mitchell on 0753 440748 or call Ernie Artis on 07932 702857.
The history of the Lydia Eva
Built in 1930 in King's Lynn and based in Great Yarmouth, the Lydia Eva fished along the east coast.
She landed her last catch in December 1938.
The Lydia Eva was then used by the Air Ministry and Ministry of War Transport, which deployed her in a variety of roles, including buoy laying and salvage. She was then transferred to the Royal Navy and was laid up in 1969.
She was later acquired by the Maritime Trust and restored as a floating museum in Great Yarmouth.
The Lydia Eva joined the trust's national collection of vessels in London's St Katherine 's Dock in 1986 but was laid up again in 1990.
She returned to East Anglia when the Lydia Eva Charitable Trust was formed.
On June 30 1990 the Lydia Eva was towed back into Great Yarmouth harbour by the port authority tug, Hector Read.