• Short Summary

    Fantastic candy-coloured house-flat, seen cruising the Norfolk Broads.

  • Description

    River Bure, Wroxham, Norfolk Broads.

    M/S of a family with two young children and one older man walking along a path by a river and getting onto a modern looking houseboat; the two children run to the rear of the boat and look over the edge. We see the younger man start up a motor on the houseboat as the older man unties the ropes on the bank. The woman pushes off with a long pole and the older man waves them goodbye.

    M/S of the houseboat moving out onto the main river; it looks very kitsch, like a box (in dolly mixture colours) mounted on a boat, with yellow awnings at front and rear, and moves pretty fast! Various shots of the boat driving along, while the man shows the little boy how the controls work.

    The woman goes into the kitchen and puts the kettle on the gas stove; the inside looks quite spacious and comfortable. We are told there is no vibration because the motor is outside the hull. More shots of the moving boat, and leafy vegetation and a riverside cottage as we speed along.

    The man and woman moor the boat by a river bank, and the family sit round a table for a salad lunch.

    Amazing! I want to go on one!

    Note: there is no print for this issue. Much documentation on file including leaflets, 'Hire Terms For the 1960 Season' and general information extolling the virtue of these boats for holidays and living. The woman seen is Penny Hagenbach, daughter of Donald Hagenbach who designed the boat and is seen waving goodbye. The younger man is Nevill Blake and the children are Wyn and Kim Blake.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:43:00 / 01:08:09:00
    CP 287

Comments (1)

  1. kimblake says

    Thought this might help:

    The Chap waving the boat off is the late Donald Hagenbach; Designer of the boat and owner of Windboats. The skipper was my late father Neville Blake, then "Windboats" sports boats manager, from which the outboard motor was donated.

    That leaves the girl and boy; well my twin sister Wyn and my self Kim Blake

    In part of the film you see me scampering round the back, I'm sure this was to turn the motor off. All I can remember is not being able to eat the food until the camera team were satisfied, and the food was prepared by my mum, who was told she had to hide on board to avoid being on camera.

    You see no life jackets; my Mum was not happy, but this was to give the impression of total safety!

    I would love to have a digital copy, being a star as so to speak

    Many thanks

    Kim Blake

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