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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Get Into the Swim at Butlin's
Publicity film featuring the new indoor pool at Clacton, including underwater ballet. Supplied courtesy of Butlin’s Heritage Collection.
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Supplied courtesy of Butlin's Heritage Collection, this colour publicity film aims to promote their popular holiday camps as the ideal place to learn to swim, emphasising the expert instruction provided by Redcoats who are always on hand to give technical advice or instill confidence in the novice swimmers. Underwater windows, a unique feature of the camps, provide the perfect viewpoint to watch the graceful moves of the aqua ballet … or the frogman cleaning the glass!
Maureen Barry, a trained ballet dancer, features in the underwater ballet sequence. She was a swimming coach at the Bognor Regis Butlin’s holiday camp.