Piers and proms, fleets and fishing, Britain on Film reels in coastal heritage with special showcase in Lowestoft

Ladies at Lowestoft beach will feature among footage for a new showcase celebrating our coastal heri

Ladies at Lowestoft beach will feature among footage for a new showcase celebrating our coastal heritage. Picture: Courtesy of East Anglian Film Archive/Creative Arts East - Credit: Archant

Footage of lifeboat heroes, prominent fishing industries and popular seaside resorts from yester-year will feature in a new showcase.

Delving into the past, three archive films will feature footage from the region's coastal heritage, which has been restored as part of a specially commissioned project by an arts and community development charity.

And next month (September) special local history screenings – entitled Our Coastal Life on Film – will be held in Lowestoft and Felixstowe, with audiences being invited on a nostalgic trip into the region's coastal past.

The films have been commissioned by Creative Arts East as part of the nationwide 'Britain on Film' project from the British Film Institute (BFI).

The arts and community development charity, Creative Arts East, is encouraging people to find out more about the past with these special screenings.


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The BFI-funded initiative features screenings of three archive films, which have been specially made to give modern audiences a glimpse into the bygone days of the coast – with seaside resorts, fishing industries and lifeboat heroes all featured.

These unique films will be showcased at Felixstowe Library on Friday, September 8 at 2.30pm, and at Lowestoft Library on Friday, September 29 at 6pm.

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The events will be introduced and presented by former Anglia TV programme maker, Eddie Anderson, who during his 30 years with Anglia worked on and revived the popular 'Bygones' series. He also provides the narration to these fascinating films.

A spokesman for Creative Arts East said: 'The remarkable footage has been lovingly restored and compiled into three 20-minute long features as part of the 'Britain on Film' project.'

The films commissioned by Creative Arts East have used footage supplied by the East Anglian Film Archive to retain these important historical records of the region's working and social past.

The events are organised in partnership with Creative Arts East with funding by Arts Council England and the BFI 'Britain on Film' project.

Tickets for 'Our Coastal Life on Film' at Lowestoft Library in Clapham Road South on Friday, September 29 cost £5. They are available on the door on the night or call 01502 674660 in advance.

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