Yarmouth for Health, Sunshine, Pleasure

1923 , Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)

A compilation of films promoting the resort of Great Yarmouth.

A publicity film for the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth with sections from different films, including a Pathe Pictorial film excerpt joined on the end. Aerial shots looking down onto the houses, roads, gardens and the seafront, including the Britannia Pier. There are boats moored on the beach. At ground level a tracking shot takes the viewer along Marine Parade. Trams, shops and delivery bicycles by the side of the road. The shot passes the Empire Cinema. Crowds are on the pavement and a car pulls out in front of the camera. These shots are taken during Carnival Week in July 1923. Marine Parade is decorated for the occasion. Pony carts, decorated for the Carnival, are filmed along with children in fancy dress. There are decorated floats and a Chinese style peanut seller with his barrel. On Central Beach, children play in the sand and in the sea whilst adults relax in deckchairs. The weather appears to be fairly cold, as no-one appears to be wearing a bathing costume and several of the boys are wearing jackets. The girls have their skirts tucked into their bloomers. Children ride of cardboard donkeys and a woman poses in one of the cartoon pictures. At the swimming pool, there are several shots of girls diving into the swimming pool. At the children's playground, several children are balanced on a see-saw. In the background the viewer can see the Lloyds signalling mast and the Revolving Tower. At the Fish Quay, salt is loaded onto a steam drifter. Men mend nets in the background. There are shots of the drifters in the harbour. A caption tells the viewer that it is Sunday and there is a shot of fishermen on the Quay posing in their Sunday best. After several shots showing the drifters in port, the next sequence shows the drifters putting out to sea at dawn. An angler fishes from the Quay as they leave.The final sequence of this film is in stencil colour and shows miscellaneous views of Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area. There are shots of the beach with holiday makes playing leap frog and bathing in the sea from a raft. There are yachts on the model boat pond. The Nelson Monument is filmed along with the Cenotaph and the gardens surrounding it. There are shots of the beach at Gorleston and a speed boat entering Gorleston Harbour. There is a shot of Caister Castle with a man feeding the ducks and finally some shots of boating in the broads. A windmill is working in the background.

Featured Buildings

Britannia Pier; The Cenotaph; The Empire Cinema; The Nelson Monument

Featured Events

Yarmouth Carnival, July, 1923

Keywords

Holidays; Seaside

Intertitles

These views were taken from height of 150ft.The Sea Front. Our pictures were made during July Carnival Week. Note the decorations.The children's pony carts looked very gay.Here are some of the Carnival-ites. They look well! This girlie said she was 'Fumbs up!' Whilst the seller of Pea Nuts must have been 'SUM KNUT from PEKIN! Great Yarmouth beach is delightful. Fine silvery sand which the children love.Not exactly 'Steve's Mounts!' These are all warranted quiet to ride or drive, and sound in wind and limb.Our cameraman found the swimming pool.The girls looked so nice that we had difficulty in getting him to leave.THE CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND. Sun and fun for everyone.We cannot end our Yarmouth Film without some mention of 'Yarmouth Bloaters'. Here are the boats and the men that bring in the herrings.The Seventh Day, and stray boats of the great fishing fleet are returning to harbour.On the Quayside, the men whose toil combs the North Sea, are resting - in their Sunday best.(An intertitle at this point had faded beyond readability.) Safe anchorage - away from the battering sea.And on Monday the early dawn calls the fleet from its rest.For I must go down to the sea again.The Cenotaph, Yarmouth.CAISTER CASTLE.THE ADJACENT BROADS. Yarmouth.

Other Places

Caister; Gorleston; The Norfolk Broads

Background Information

Steve's Mounts is a reference to Steve Donoghue, a well known jockey at the time

Manifestations

Yarmouth for Health, Sunshine, Pleasure

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