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Date published: 13th June 2017

North Norfolk District Council is supporting a film festival bringing old film footage of our resorts and beaches to life.

Screen-on-Sea celebrates the UK’s rich moving image heritage of the coast and sea and is appearing at four North Norfolk coastal villages and resorts as part of a summer festival of archive film.

NNDC has partnered with Cambridge Film Trust who will be creating pop-up cinemas to screen footage taken by amateurs and professionals, mainly sourced from UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive. The films capture scenes local to each screening and dating from the 1920s through the last century.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “North Norfolk District Council is very pleased to be able to support such an exciting project bringing these historic archives to our coastal towns and villages. Without a doubt there will be many people in our communities who will recognise grandparents or great grandparents in these pieces of film footage, and everyone will be able to travel back in time to see some of our most familiar coastal sites as they were up to nearly a century ago.”

The wider festival will tour both Norfolk and Suffolk coastlines from King’s Lynn to Felixstowe, appearing at 10 resorts in total.

The project has been funded by the British Film Institute (BFI), with sponsorship from North Norfolk District Council, as well as West Norfolk, Waveney and Suffolk Coastal councils.

Director of Cambridge Film Trust Tony Jones said: “We are devoted to engaging audiences with all genres of film and in a variety of locations but have a particular passion for archive. Screen-on-Sea will offer audiences the opportunity to see local archive of the last century in the same locality where it was filmed and make a special connection with the past.

“We are so pleased North Norfolk District Council could support us in helping bring this wonderful idea to the Norfolk Coast.”

Screen-on-Sea runs from June 24-September 10 with NNDC-sponsored events taking place in Blakeney on July 15, Wells-next-the-Sea on July 30, Cromer on August 16 and Happisburgh Lighthouse on August 20:

15th July - Screen-on Sea is at Blakeney Harbour Car Park as part of a Charity Concert. Footage will include some gems of Blakeney holidays and nearby Morston in the 1950s

30th July - Screen-on-Sea is part of the Wells-next-the-Sea Carnival Summer Fete on the Beach Road Recreation Ground. Pop in the pop-up and see 1950s day-trippers ferried out to the sand banks to harvest cockles by the sack load, family sailing holidays at nearby Burnham Overy Staithe in the 1960s and clips from a 1980s film that takes us out to the beautiful Scolt Head.

16th August – Screen-on-Sea joins Cromer Carnival with a pitch outside the Museum in Church Street where you can see film of the Carnival nearly 60 years ago and see beachside rehearsals for the End of Pier Show in the 1930s.

20th August – to celebrate International Lighthouse Heritage Day, Screen-on-Sea will be at Happisburgh Lighthouse. As a special tribute to Happisburgh and lighthouses across the world, as part of the Britain on Film Coast & Sea project, Screen-on-Sea will feature archive footage of lighthouses and lightships in their heyday around the UK.

For more details and to find out about more Screen-on-Sea events across Norfolk and Suffolk

Last updated: 16th August 2017