Take a trip back through Great Yarmouth in 1974

Great Yarmouth, Stagecoach Amusement Arcade. Picture: British Pathe

Great Yarmouth, Stagecoach Amusement Arcade. Picture: British Pathe - Credit: Archant

Many of us spent our childhood summers on the Norfolk coast, or rather more specifically, many of us spent our childhood summers at Great Yarmouth. Reminisce about those care free times, with this travel video taken in 1974.

Great Yarmouth is thought to have first become a seaside holiday resort between 1800 and 1860 and today is still one of the most popular destinations in the UK for day trips, weekend breaks and longer holidays.

The travel video, uploaded to YouTube by British Pathé, features tourist footage of the Great Yarmouth seafront and some of the attractions it offered in the 70s.

Great Yarmouth Roller coaster. Picture: British Pathe

Great Yarmouth Roller coaster. Picture: British Pathe - Credit: Archant

The film begins with a tracking shot of the infamous Pleasure Beach roller coaster looking nothing like it does today. Instead of stars and stripes, the structure is adorned with a painted mountainous landscape, with each peak crafted to look like a mountain top, and each dip a valley.

The video footage, presumably filmed from a car, or during a ride in one of the town's beloved horse and carriages, continues on to reveal a Botton Bros park gate.

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Great Yarmouth, Botton Brothers Pleasure Beach. Picture: British Pathe

Great Yarmouth, Botton Brothers Pleasure Beach. Picture: British Pathe - Credit: Archant

The Botton brothers, Albert and Jim, were raised in a fairground environment and first arrived in Great Yarmouth in 1954. Albert and his wife Lottie immediately set about improving the Pleasure Beach, starting by asphalting the whole site, which had previously only consisted of duckboards, lay directly on top of the sand. They also began to add new rides and better facilities regularly each year, until Albert's death in 1975. His son-in-law, Jimmy Jones then took over as managing director of the amusements and continued to grow the site, shaping it into the Pleasure Beach we know today.

Following the Pleasure Beach images, several shots of the Britannia Pier are seen in the video, with one advertising a show taking place there by comedy duo Mike and Bernie Winters.

Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier. Picture: British Pathe

Great Yarmouth Britannia Pier. Picture: British Pathe - Credit: Archant

Stagecoach Amusement Arcade, Bottons Casino and various hotels and B&Bs are also featured, as well as some charming footage of families enjoying their time together at the beach, with children seen playing happily in the sand.

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