Success story in TV spotlight
Miles Jermy FROM humble beginnings it has grown to become the world's largest seabed survey company.Now the extraordinary success of Great Yarmouth based Gardline Group is set to be heralded on screen.
FROM humble beginnings it has grown to become the world's largest seabed survey company.
Now the extraordinary success of Great Yarmouth based Gardline Group is set to be heralded on screen.
A film crew went behind the scenes
at Gardline for a forthcoming edition of
the BBC TV programme Inside
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Founded by George Darling nearly
40 years ago to support the North Sea
oil and gas industry, Gardline has
grown into a range of businesses
employing more than 800 people
worldwide, with a turnover of
Presenter David Whiteley witnessed the construction of the latest vessels at Richard's dry dock on Southtown Road
and spent two days testing equipment onboard the Sea Explorer.
“The feature on Gardline came about
after talking to a friend of mine, John
Long, who'd just taken on a job as a
trainee superintendent, a kind of caretaker of ships,” said David.
“He told me about this fantastic company that was based in Yarmouth. The thing that really fascinated me was that it was started by one man, with just one ship, back in
“It was amazing to see the way in
which they map the seabed, by
sending soundwaves down, which
then bounce up to giant tentacles,
filled with wires and computers. This
then makes an ultra sound image of the seabed.”
Self-made businessman Mr Darling remained actively involved in the
company until his death aged 77 in
David, who also produces the series,
spoke to several people involved with
the company, including Mr Darling's
son and Gardline chairman Gregory Darling and managing director Mervyn Wooltorton.
“I didn't know anything about the company until I met those involved. It's incredible to think that all this goes on
in Yarmouth without many people knowing about it,” he added.
The feature, which was filmed over several days in January, will be broadcast next month.
Managing director Mervyn Wooltorton said: “The programme provided Gardline with an opportunity to
showcase the range of services available to the market from its Yarmouth headquarters, where the company has been based for nearly 40 years.
“It has also given a wonderful representation and well deserved recognition of the life's achievements of
the company's founder George
Inside Out, BBC1, Friday, April 11 at 7.30pm.