Rare Suffolk archive footage to be screened at events across the county this summer

Carts loaded up with beer ready for delivery to six pubs around Southwold in 1970

Carts loaded up with beer ready for delivery to six pubs around Southwold in 1970 - Credit: Archant

Organised by the Cambridge Film Trust, Screen-on-Sea will tour resorts across Suffolk celebrating rich moving image heritage of the coast and seaside.

Appearing at 10 resorts as part of summer festivals, concerts, carnivals and Heritage Days on the quay, prom, clifftop, bandstand and beach, the special Screen-on-Sea pop up ‘cinema’ tour brings archive film alive around Suffolk.

The first film, which will be shown on June 24 at Southwold on the corner of the High Street and Victoria Street, will be part of the town’s popular Arts Festival entertainment reflecting the tourism resort and local industry of 1930s Southwold.

The next film on July 22, will be shown at the Lowestoft Summer Festival and will feature footage from 1955. Followed by footage of 1930 Thorpeness at the Aldeburgh Carnival on August 21 on the beach near the North Look Out Tower.

In honour of the 75th Anniversary of the Aldeburgh Carnival, the Britten Pears Foundation have offered footage of the carnival commissioned by Aldeburgh’s mayor in 1950, filmed by William Thomas Towler and screened by kind permission of his son, Nevill Towler, which will be included in the screening along with other gems showing Aldeburgh and nearby Thorpeness.

Jane Jarvis, Screen-on-Sea project manager, said: “Digitising footage makes it all so much more accessible and the BFI’s Britain on Film map is a wonderful resource for everyone. These films are such valuable records of our social history and how we lived our lives – and fun to watch too.

“It has been great to work with the local councils and organisations who share our enthusiasm for showcasing this unique, moving image heritage.

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“At events such as festivals and carnivals we hope to bring archive to new audiences and across generations.”

Sourced mostly from the UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive, the Screen-on-sea tour is part of a nationwide project ‘Britain on Film – Coast and Sea’ with nearly 200 different screening events happening around Britain’s coast this summer in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network.

Carts loaded up with beer ready for delivery to six pubs around Southwold in 1970

Carts loaded up with beer ready for delivery to six pubs around Southwold in 1970 - Credit: Archant

The films form part of the BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ project that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from every corner of Great Britain.

Cars, motorbikes and bicycles were all used to make up the carnival in 1967

Cars, motorbikes and bicycles were all used to make up the carnival in 1967 - Credit: Archant

The float for the carnival queen passing through Aldeburgh in 1967

The float for the carnival queen passing through Aldeburgh in 1967 - Credit: Archant