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Black and white TVs live on in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:36 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 January 2014

A family in Lowestoft gathers around their television in the early 1950s, at a time when many households were purchasing their first set.

A family in Lowestoft gathers around their television in the early 1950s, at a time when many households were purchasing their first set.

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Black and white televisions live on, according to the latest figures from TV Licensing.

While more than 25m of us bought colour TV licences last year, more than 11,000 homes still bought a £49 black and white licence.

Mono lives on in Great Yarmouth, where there are 11 sets; Norwich, where there are 36 sets, King’s Lynn, and other parts of the region.

Mark Whitehouse, from TV Licensing, said: “Today’s figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions.

“We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to the history books, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live.”

Colour transmissions began 48 years ago. Since then TV has morphed onto cable, satellite and the internet, with view on demand now available on laptop, tablet and smartphone.

While some nostalgic UK homes remain firmly attached to their trusty black and white TVs, they are now in sharp decline.

At the turn of the millennium there were 212,000 black and white licences issued, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000.

Just three years later, in 2006, the number was less than 50,000 and today just 11,550 black and white licences remain in force across the UK.

Have you still got a black and white TV? Email chris.bishop@archant.co.uk

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