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.
This film is part of Free
Loyal Greetings from Southend-on-Sea
Brittania rules the waves … of the Thames Estuary, and a chilly northerly wind aids the Union Jack flag-wavers, as Southenders hope to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty's Royal Yacht.
From the collection of:
15th May 1954 was a significant day in the Great British calendar, for it marked the return of HM Queen Elizabeth II from her worldwide tour of Commonwealth countries, travelling on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Of course, the typically English overcast grey skies, commonplace for such an occasion, did not put off Southend sightseers and wellwishers who welcome the returning vessel on its way to the Capital via the Essex coast.
Richard Pike was not a commercial filmmaker, however he did produce semi-professional films for organisations as well as making family and personal films. He lived at Kenilworth Gardens, which is possibly why 'Kenilworth Films' is so-named. 'Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 to 1997.