History sails into view at Salhouse Broad heritage day

The history of boating on the Broads will cruise into view at Salhouse Broad on Sunday during a Broads cultural history day.

A flotilla spanning more than 100 years will show the way hire boats have changed through the ages – from the pleasure wherry Norada, launched in 1912 and restored to sail this year, through to Fair Sovereign, one of the Broads' most modern cruisers built last year by Norfolk Broads Direct in Wroxham.

Other boats taking part will include Luna, a 1930s mahogany yacht built by Percy Hunter in Ludham and Martham Boats' Japonica and Janet from the 1940s.

Also included in the timeline will be Lady Helena, built by Herbert Woods in 1964 and hired through three yards before retiring to private ownership. Other privately-owned ex-hire boats will also be taking part. The pleasure craft will be joined by the graceful former trading wherry Maud.

Meanwhile, on the bank, Broadland traditions such as reed harvesting, thatching and eel catching will be demonstrated and Nutmeg Puppets will perform their outdoor show Windy Old Weather at 1pm.

Salhouse Broad countryside ranger Tobi Baker, 25, said he had the idea for a new event in September after the Broads Green Boat Show was revamped and moved from the autumn to May as part of the Broads Outdoors Festival.

He said he had been inspired by all the changes he had seen on the Broads since he started cleaning boats at Moore's boatyard in Wroxham during his GCSEs.

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The event, which is free, will run from 10am to 4pm. Food and drink will be available. For more information visit www.salhousebroad.org.uk