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Great Yarmouth woman still enjoys black and white television

Debra Hopwood with her black and white television which she still uses. 

Picture: James Bass

Debra Hopwood with her black and white television which she still uses. Picture: James Bass

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In an age where you can buy 55in HD 3D TVs, it may be hard to believe, but there are still people in Great Yarmouth who use only use a black and white.

Debra Hopwood with her black and white television which she still uses. 

Picture: James Bass

Debra Hopwood with her black and white television which she still uses. Picture: James Bass

Despite the switchover to digital transmissions and an increase in the use of HD televisions, tables and smart-phones to access TV content, ten households in the Great Yarmouth borough are shunning the attractions of 21st century technology.

Among those still clinging onto black and white television, is Debra Hopwood, of Avenue Road, Gorleston.

Mrs Hopwood has owned her 1950s Hitachi TV for around 20 years after her brother had previously owned it.

However throughout her life she has preferred the simplicity of the black and white television and has very rarely owned a colour television.

Debra Hopwood with her black and white television which she still uses. 

Picture: James Bass

Debra Hopwood with her black and white television which she still uses. Picture: James Bass

The 54-year-old, said: “In honesty the main reason I have a black and white television is that I refuse to pay for a colour licence.

“To own a black and white licence it is £45 per year, in comparison to £149 for a coloured licence.

“I think I have had a black and white TV ever since I was about 16, except for maybe briefly once, but for me it does not make a difference watching it in black and white.

“Maybe I am used to it from when I was younger but I have never thought the price of the colour warrants getting one for me.”

Almost 50 years after former BBC Two Controller David Attenborough pushed for broadcast colour television, around 9,000 people across the country have a black and white television.

Though Mrs Hopwood has been watching black and white television for many years, her friends and family are still surprised that she has stuck with it.

“I think the ladies seem to enjoy the nostalgia of it and are not that fussed, but I think the men get a bit confused.

“Seeing them try to watch modern sport in black and white, I think it is a bit of a shock to them.”

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