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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Life and Music of Black Anna
Well and truly steering the helm at The Jolly Butchers pub in Ber Street, Norwich is Antoinette Hannent better known as 'Black Anna'.
News 1973 10 mins
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Anglia TV News profiled this landlady and jazz aficionado - so-named 'Black' Anna, due to her habitual wearing of the colour. Always the main attraction, this landlady and jazz singer is adored by her regulars who gather at the pub in their droves to witness a consummate performance from this vivacious character.
Despite being close to seventy years of age, Black Anna belts out with great gusto, typically early jazz numbers with that familiar gravelly voice. A favourite amongst US airmen during WWII, the pub later became a popular haunt for student regulars who loved her infectious enthusiasm for a song as everyone gets stuck in. The film was shot just three years before her death in 1976, after which the pub closed, probably never to retain the same atmosphere that this famed woman of Norwich bestowed upon it.
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