This film is part of Free

In One End

A musical profile of the town of Southwold, Suffolk and Adnams Brewery which was established there in 1872.

Documentary 1977 28 mins

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Southwold is a seaside town with a rich history and a thriving tourist industry - around half the accommodation of the town is classed as second homes or is let to holiday-makers. There are records of brewing taking place on the Adnams site in Southwold as early as 1396, and today the landmark brewhouse in the middle of the town is one of the most energy efficient in Europe. Their distribution centre, completed in 2007 features the UK’s largest ‘living roof’ of sedum.

Renowned British folk rock band, Fairport Convention composed and recorded six songs for use in the film and appeared, miming to playback, at Southwold on Thursday 1st September 1977. For this film, the band were Simon Nicol (vocals, lead guitar), Dave Pegg (vocals, bass guitar), and Bruce Rowland (drums) but regular Dave Swarbrick (fiddle) did not attend for the filming, and the fiddle player taking his place on this occasion was Ursula Smith who played with the Third Ear Band. Also credited are Chris Leslie and his brother John. Since 1976, the band has hosted the annual ‘Fairport’s Cropredy Festival’ in the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire, England.