Voices and memories gathered to preserve history of South Denes

Two oil tankers discharging at Yarmouth's East Quay to feed the Central Electricity Board's South De

Two oil tankers discharging at Yarmouth's East Quay to feed the Central Electricity Board's South Denes Generating Station, dated 28th April 1967. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

The stories of the people who work in the South Denes area of Great Yarmouth have been shared as part of a history project.

When plans to redevelop parts of the industrial area were revealed, just over two years ago, BBC Voices set about speaking to the businesses who called it their home.

They captured on film their stories, that have been part of the life of the often overlooked area of Yarmouth.

The South Denes series of short films explore the history of the area, with a focus on long established companies such as H S Fishing 2000 Ltd, Repro Arts, Lacons Brewery, Pertwee and Back and not forgetting the Dimascio Ice-Cream van – an iconic sight on the edge of the road and for many people, the main reason for their Sunday afternoon drive to Great Yarmouth.

Gary Standley, BBC Voices Senior Producer says, 'When we read about the plans for South Denes, we realised this area was likely to change dramatically if proposals for The Edge complex were to start happening. We felt it was important to not only capture a little of the history of the area but also some of the stories behind the many businesses still operating in South Denes today'.

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'Once we started our research, we knew we had made the right decision. We uncovered so many stories from horse-racing and holiday camps to H S Fishing 2000 Ltd, still smoking fish in the traditional way and exporting their product to countries all over the world'.

The team were shown an archive going back 200 years at Pertwee and Back. Known for car sales today, this company actually started in 1810, using their pioneering engineering skills to build industrial equipment for local industries.

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'We really hadn't expected to find so many great stories in such a small and mainly industrial area,' said BBC Voices film-maker John Watt.

BBC Voices are inviting anyone interested to come along to a special showcase launch event at Great Yarmouth Library on Tuesday, April 25. Doors will open at 7pm with free entry but limited availability, so please call or email to book your seat via bcvoices@bbc.co.uk or 01603 284337

The films will appear on the Norfolk on Film website, www.norfolkonfilm.tumblr.com

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