My parents’ photos of the Norfolk Broads in 1956

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These old Ilford transparencies found in a box belonging to my father Brian Atkin show the Norfolk Broads in 1956.

It was a time when my parents were young, both sailing cruisers and motor cruisers were made from timber, the boat hire companies had quaint old sheds, everywhere – including Wroxham Bridge – was much more peaceful, and I was a little boy still in his cot.

I haven’t included it in this post because of its quality, but one of the shots shows a sprit-rigged Thames barge on the Broads. Nowadays, that sounds pretty unusual, but I’m prepared to bet it was a frequent occurrence years ago.

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2 Responses to My parents’ photos of the Norfolk Broads in 1956

  1. doryman says:

    What a handsome couple! They didn’t leave that poor baby there in the box did they? ;-)

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