- Theme - Leisure
- Year - 1934
- Location - Cromer
- Filmmaker - H.J. Gamble
This delightfully informal film of people enjoying themselves at the seaside in Cromer is more significant than it may first appear. Firstly, it is an early example of colour film - a film stock known as Dufay colour. This four colour process had first been invented by Frenchman, Louis Dufay in 1908, but research was continued by the Spicer-Dufay company, based in Sawston, Cambridgeshire. The stock was released for amateur film makers in 1934, after significant investment by Ilford. After years of black and white filming, the opportunity for amateur film makers to shoot in colour was of ground-breaking significance.
As well as the pleasure of seeing 1930's Cromer in colour, the film also features close-ups of Henry Blogg, a crab fisherman with a deck chair and beach hut business, who was best known as the Coxswain of the Cromer Lifeboat. He's recognisable by his distinctive flat cap. Blogg served on the Cromer lifeboat crew from 1909-1947 and is often referred to as "the greatest of the lifeboatmen", having led many epic rescues to sailors and craft in trouble off the Norfolk coast. He was awarded many medals for his service, including the George Cross and the British Empire medal. Henry Blogg died in June 1954.
The film is also an authentic record of beachwear in the early 1930's.
EAFA CAT NO: 374