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By Liz Coates
Friday, December 27, 2013
A hoard of slides said to be of unrivalled quality are casting a colourful new light on a vintage holiday era in Great Yarmouth and beyond.
The previously unseen collection which will be 50 years old next year has been discovered by the new owner of a 1960s-built home in Ormesby which is being renovated.
Paul Allen, 48, the manager of Great Yarmouth’s Hollywood Cinema, said he was amazed at the glorious quality of the images, vying with today’s HD technology in terms of clarity, and bringing to life many of the town’s landmarks and seaside scenes from yesteryear.
And he is keen to find out about the mystery lensman who took the lavish shots which focus variously on beauty pageants, bobbing boats and vibrant theatre frontages.
The 74 slides - which were found in a marzipan tin from Denmark - seem to belong to an original stock of 80 and capture the town’s holiday heyday in full colour for the first time, and probably at great expense.
Among them are theatres proudly advertising the stars of the day, ladies sunbathing on the golden sands and a racecourse heaving with people as two horses thunder down the middle of the course.
Mr Allen said: “There was loads of rubbish in the garage but among it all was a marzipan tin containing all these wonderful slides and fantastic shots of Yarmouth.
They predominantly look like they have been taken to advertise Yarmouth and it shows what the area was like then.
They are glorious colourful pictures, although they are not perfect as they have been sitting in an old tin in a garage for years.
Mr Allen said: “There is a beautiful shot of Britannia Pier showing how it used to be. You can see it is taken at 5.55pm because you can zoom into the clock and see the time, such is the quality.
“There are very few colour pictures of such good definition of the town at this time, although there are a lot of black and white ones.
“They have a sentimental and nostalgic value to the town.
“I am Yarmouth born and bred and this is part of our history, for instance there is a shot of Caister airfield in colour which I have never seen before.
“They are on a professional size slide and the quality is outstanding. You could blow it up to a 55ft picture and it would be crystal clear.”
Mr Allen, who is also a DJ at Gorleston’s Ocean Room, hopes that he can negotiate a copyright minefield and find a way to bring the pictures into the public domain.
Whether anyone has any claim on the pictures remains to be seen with ownership spanning 50 or 70 years depending on the circumstances.
Included in the collection are shots of other destinations such as Horning and Wroxham, Gorleston Beach and the old power station - all showing the broad range of subjects captured like flies in amber for the future.
Anyone with more information about the pictures, or who might know who the photographer might have been, and perhaps explain why the photos were taken, can contact Mr Allen via email@example.com.