In 1960, Hoseasons commissioned the M.F. Unit to produce "Broadland Panorama", a 23 minute long guide to the range of Hoseasons holidays which were available in Norfolk, concentrating predominantly with boating on the Broads. It's an absolute joy to watch, a Broadland before my time which shows so much that has gone, but it's a film which never the less encapsulates the appeal and all that I hold dear about the Norfolk Broads today. 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.
"Lenny" takes the family on their trial run before they are let loose on the River Waveney. There are so many highlights as the family cover both the northern and southern rivers, pausing to enjoy the town of Beccles, the Roman remains at Burgh Castle, great Yarmouth seafront and Pleasure Beach, yacht and powerboat racing at Oulton Broad, refuelling at Bridgecraft and shopping at Curtis Stores at Acle Bridge. Local crafts and skills such as boatbuilding thatching and flowers made from feathers at Pettitts in Reedham are seen and the virtues of a number of riverside pubs and hotels are stressed! We get a glimpse of the famous boat bar at Ranworth Maltsters, Reedham Ferry Inn and the Lord Nelson at Reedham plus dancing at a local village hall (the Swan pavilion at Horning perhaps?). As a filmic version of their holiday brochure houseboats, and riverside bunglaows fitted with all the mod cons are also covered before the sunset finale back at Oulton Broad.
My sincere thanks once again to Video Impact of Loddon for assisting the Broadland Memories Archive by digitizing this and other cine film without charge. It is a very kind gesture for which I am extremely grateful.