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DVD tells story of heroic lifeboatmen

Lifeboat DVD.


Pictured: The crew of the first Sheringham lifeboat, the Augusta, which is among the vessels featured on The Sheringham Lifeboats, a new DVD from Poppyland Publishing.

Lifeboat DVD. Pictured: The crew of the first Sheringham lifeboat, the Augusta, which is among the vessels featured on The Sheringham Lifeboats, a new DVD from Poppyland Publishing.

More than 170 years of lifesaving heroism in a north Norfolk town has been brought together on a DVD.

The Sheringham Lifeboats tells the tale of the town’s heroic crews and much-loved boats since the first one was launched in 1838.

The DVD was launched at a presentation to Sheringham crew past and present at the Mo museum on October 18. With three of the former lifeboats around them, the guests watched interviews, historic film and early photographs that recalled the vibrant history of lifesaving.

Producer and director Peter Stibbons, from publisher Poppyland Productions, said: “Sheringham is extremely fortunate in having had many people over the years who have recorded events in the town and they have been very generous in allowing the inclusion of their material.

“In addition, we have been able to license some fascinating material from ITV Anglia and the East Anglian Film Archive.

“The arrival of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows lifeboat in 1961 was wonderfully recorded by an Anglia team and the film made by Brian Coe of Kodak of the Foresters Centenary is a gem.”

He said the current crew had been “extremely helpful” with the filming of the current lifeboat, and added that a range of 19th century photographs enabled him to tell the “earliest part of the story”.

The DVD is narrated by Anglia TV’s Bygones presenter Eddie Anderson and is on sale at Sheringham’s RNLI souvenir shop on High Street, the Mo museum on the seafront and at other local shops.

Costing £12.95, it can also be bought from www.poppyland.co.uk.


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