The Singing Postman

1967 , Norfolk (County)

A promotional film featuring Norfolk singer and songwriter Allan Smethurst - the Singing Postman.

Allan Smethurst's lyrics are sung in his distinctive Norfolk accent. They are performed throughout the film, sometimes illustrated with fantasy, mute live-action. Allan, in his postal uniform, bicycles along country lanes to his postal round in Lavenham. Back in his cottage, with basic recording technology, he records his famous hit, 'Have You Got a Light Boy'. At the local BBC radio studio in Norwich, Ralph Tuck plays the Singing Postman's tapes to enthusiastic listeners on his 'Wednesday Morning' programme. Scenes from the public and lounge bars at The Crown in Stowupland illustrate the song 'Dommies In The Bar'. Girlings bakery at Stowmarket features in the song 'I Can't Get A Nice Loaf Of Bread'. Finally, the fair at Mablethorpe provides the background for his first single, 'Roundabout'.

Featured Buildings

The Swan Hotel, Lavenham; Girlings Bakery, Stowmarket; The Crown, Stowupland

Keywords

Music; Postmen; Singers

Other Places

Lavenham; Mablethorpe; Mundesley; Norwich; Stowmarket; Stowupland

Manifestations

The Singing Postman

  • Barcode
    INV327964
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:14:17
    Modification Date
    21/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734123
  • Barcode
    INV360181
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:14:17
    Modification Date
    21/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734119
  • Barcode
    INV394332
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:14:17
    Modification Date
    21/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734109
  • Barcode
    INV351786
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:13:43
    Modification Date
    18/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734080
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV463004
    Canonical Identifier
    26
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    audiospool tape
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    11/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    722193
  • Barcode
    INV297400
    Canonical Identifier
    C-95
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour System
    colour
    Colour Type
    colour
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:15:16
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    Y
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    13/10/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    693838
    Sound
    sound
    Sound System
    variable area
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV296563
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:13:43
    Modification Date
    13/08/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    687058
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV153201
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 1511
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    30/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    674617
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV157120
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 937
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    28/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    674126
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV151523
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 544
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    Umatic tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    23/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673535
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV237186
    Canonical Identifier
    A-233
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    positive
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    656267

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