Shrimp Davies

1978 , Cromer (Norfolk)

BBC profile of the town of Cromer presented by Henry 'Shrimp' Davies.

Shots of the streets of Cromer, guided by Henry `Shrimp' Davies. He shows Cromer town centre, Bob Davies Crab Shop, and the bust of lifeboatman Henry Blogg. He walks down to the beach to the crab boats which gives clear views of Cromer and its major buildings, including the Church and the Pier. A stills sequence, compares various scenes of Cromer in the 1970s with how they appeared in 1890. There seems to have been very little change. An interesting feature from this sequence are the bathing machines sitting on the beach. Crab boats are winched onto a trailer and then pulled up the beach by tractor and the crabs unloaded. There are shots of children playing on the beach and of a Punch and Judy man setting up. Concludes with shots of the interior of the Bath Hotel. Fisherman are singing and step-dancing to the accompaniment of Percy Brown on the accordion.

Featured Buildings

The Bath Hotel; Cromer Church; Cromer Pier

Keywords

Bathing machines; Crab boats; Fishermen; Folk dancing; Folk singing; Piers; Punch & Judy shows; Seaside

Background Information

This was a part of an episode of a BBC's children's programme. The programme was called `Shrimp Davies' and the series was called `Now and Then'. The Archive has the original full length transmission which includes Henry `Shrimp' Davies talking to local school children. This short version was edited by David Cleveland of the East Anglian Film Archive. The programme, the first of two, was broadcast at 16:00 on Saturday 11 November 1978: https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedules/bbctwo/england/1978-11-11 The other programme looked at Hoxton, East London now and then.

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Shrimp Davies

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