Of Broadland Panorama, the author says: ‘It’s an absolute joy to watch… The film starts with the family’s arrival at the boatyard in Oulton Broad in a brand new Vauxhall PA Velox. Their boat for the week was what would have been the flagship of Hoseasons fleet, the 38ft, 8 berth Mayqueen(renamed Caribbean for this film), which cost between £33/10 and £66 to hire in 1960.’
The wonderful Broadland Memories online archive of images and personal memories of life and leisure on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is in trouble and needs help – as sometimes happens with websites that depend on one or two people for their existence.
Through photos, historical bits and pieces and memories, it provides a fascinating picture of the social history of the Norfolk Broads from the start of the holiday boom when the railways brought Victorian holidaymakers and day trippers to the region in the late 19th century, through the birth of the boat hire industry and the introduction of motor cruisers in the early part of the 20th century, and the post-World War II boating boom. And I think it’s great.
However, when websites depend on one person, they depend also on their personal circumstances and their health – both of which are necessarily changeable and vulnerable over time. And now Broadland Memories needs help because its webmistress is no longer able to fund the website on her own. What’s more, its software is outdated, doesn’t work well on smartphones and tablets, and is still maintained using a computer running Windows XP.
If you enjoy Broadland Memories and can help, use the PayPal link on the website, or get in touch – aw well as allowing appropriate pgrades to be put in place, it will also help in acquiring historic photographs, films and ephemera for the archive.