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Cycling: 1962 Tour of East Anglia
Cyclists and Cinzano! An interesting mix of competitors and sponsors take to the road for the exciting three-day, three-stage, 350-mile Tour of East Anglia.
Non-Fiction 1962 2 mins Silent
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It's 9th June 1962 and crowds are out in force in Felixstowe, Suffolk to witness the start of the sporting spectacle of the Tour of East Anglia. Anglia TV News cameras follow the race and are in Felixstowe again on Monday 11th June to capture some final sprints for the line. Albert Hitchens from Mirfield Yorkshire, racing for Falcons Cycles, was overall winner, winning two of the three stages.
The Tour of East Anglia attracted amateur cyclists from all over the UK. The first leg started on Saturday morning from Felixstowe up the coast to Gt Yarmouth. Sunday saw them travel west to Cambridge and then, the third and final leg took them back to Felixstowe - a 350-mile round trip. Albert Hitchens actually won two stages of the race and was followed up by Doug Collins riding for Condor Mackeson and, in 3rd place, Pete Ryalls for Viking Cycles.
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Sport 1957 5 mins Silent Location: Belfast
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Amateur film 1965 3 mins Silent Location: Ipswich
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Amateur record of Felixstowe's popular model boating lake and carnival day in 1930. Also, scenes from the picturesque 'Constable Country'.
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News 1961 2 mins Silent Location: Southend-on-Sea
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Flag-waving and fanfare in the warm July sunshine for the Silver Jubilee visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to Ipswich and Felixstowe.
Easter Monday Holiday Spirit
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Anglia Television document how East Anglians have chosen to spend their Easter extended weekend.
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1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
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Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
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