Take a journey through Wells-next-the-Sea in the 1970s

Wells in the 1970s. Beachcomber. Photo: YouTube

Wells in the 1970s. Beachcomber. Photo: YouTube - Credit: Archant

Do you remember what Wells-next-the-Sea looked like back in the 1970s? Take a journey back in time with this video of the town.

Wells in the 1970s. Photo: YouTube

Wells in the 1970s. Photo: YouTube - Credit: Archant

A video uploaded to YouTube by JohnTheRails provides charming insight into what life was like in the seaside town of Wells during the 1970s.

The video, which is just over nine minutes long, opens with a shot of a Mini Clubman Estate travelling down the A149 towards Wells, eventually arriving in Staithe Street where we see stores such as Wells Pet Shop and Beachcomber, the latter of which still exists in the town, but has recently re-branded as Christopher William Coastal, a specialist clothing and living store for outdoors essentials.

The footage then moves on to Freeman Street, which is still easily recognisable, before cutting to a sign from West End Bakery advertising genuine 'old English style' bread with crust and flavour as well as 'craftsman made cakes'.

Wells in the 1970s. Staithe Street. Photo: YouTube

Wells in the 1970s. Staithe Street. Photo: YouTube - Credit: Archant

Following this is a shot of Burnt Street and the local fire station, which we discover back then used an air raid siren to call the fire crew out in the instance of an emergency. A sequence involving a fire crew call out can then be seen where the men rush to the station, with one man being in such a hurry that he attempts to hurdle the fence and trips in his haste. Once assembled, the fire crew proceed to leave in a 1961 Commer fire engine and presumably save the day.


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The remainder of the video focuses on the town's more touristy aspects, including the beach which is shown to have a somewhat amusing safety warning, which reads 'WARNING unless you are a fish it is dangerous to bathe beyond the red buoys or cross the channel when the tide is ebbing or flowing', as well as Abraham's Bosom Boating Lake, Wells Harbour and Wells Harbour Railway.

• What are your memories of Wells in the 1970s? Share them in the comments below.

Wells in the 1970s. Wells Fire station. Photo: YouTube

Wells in the 1970s. Wells Fire station. Photo: YouTube - Credit: Archant

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