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Great Yarmouth's Days gone by

PUBLISHED: 10:56 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:38 03 July 2010

A NEW historical DVD entitled Yarmouth in Days Gone By, is now available and its producer Andrew Gray, who gathered film material from the last seven decades says it is a real eye-opener as to how the town has changed.

A NEW historical DVD entitled Yarmouth in Days Gone By, is now available and its producer Andrew Gray, who gathered film material from the last seven decades says it is a real eye-opener as to how the town has changed.

He said: “It shows over 70 years of Yarmouth life in film and captures a bygone age when the townsfolk made their living from the sea, and tourists flocked to the seaside resort on steam trains. Over the last 50 years Great Yarmouth has changed enormously but many of the old places are still recognisable and the 55 minute DVD offers a chance for people to see the town as it used to be, from the herring fleets on the quayside to holidays in the 1950s.”

Andrew, 28, a producer at Norwich-based Independent Studios was speaking on Radio Yare's Afternoon Delight magazine programme which is jointly produced by the Mercury.

He said: “Now with this new release, we can look back at Yarmouth's history through rare and original archive film.”

The DVD includes rarely seen footage like the herring fleets at work filmed by John Grierson in the 1920s, the Prince of Wales' visit to the town in 1930 to open the Haven Bridge and scenes from the town's bustling market in the 1950s.

Richard Taylor, director of the East Anglian Film Archive, said: “The public don't often get to see the gems from past decades which are stored here. So we are delighted to be able to share our local history on film with the wider community. This DVD and others means everyone has the chance to see what life was like through the years, by watching film shot by professionals and amateurs from all over the east of England.”

The East Anglian Film Archive DVDs cost £9.99 each and are available from the Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, on Marine Parade, local independent bookshops or online at www.archivefilmshop.co.uk.

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