The East Anglian Film Archive, the first and largest Regional Film Archive in England, was established in 1976. Since 1984, EAFA has been owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UEA), to support research and work to preserve our moving image heritage. More than 250 hours are freely available online as examples of the wide range of film which attracts interest the world over.
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Five Minutes By The Sea At Clacton
The essence of a relaxed family holiday at Clacton, Essex in September 1950
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Five (actually, nine) minutes capture the key moments of a family holiday in this amateur film. Clacton Pier amusements, speedboats seen through a telescope, bathing on the beach then ambling round town and gardens. Entertainments include roller skating, novelty cycles, the Rambla concert party, and the Carnival parade as well as Butlin's camp. There's a rainy day with rough sea, a visit to Brightlingsea Harbour and a drive around the picturesque bungalows of Jaywick.
After World War I, the pier at Clacton was developed by Ernest Kingsman to be the biggest pleasure pier in the country, known as 'No. 1 North Sea', with a range of attractions including theatres, dance hall, casino, open-air swimming pool and the 'Steel Stella' roller coaster. The Butlin's Luxury Holiday Camp at Clacton opened in 1938, closed during World War II, but re-opened for holidaymakers in 1946.