Topic: Cliff Richard on the Broads

Poppy    -- Apr-23-2006 @ 5:19 PM
  On Radio Norfolk this morning there was an item asking if people knew anything about "Cliff" visiting the Broads for a boating holiday in the sixties.
Out of this came a fair bit of info, some of which was a little difficult to believe. He apparently had a cruiser of his own later(70's?)called Pamanda. What I found most difficult to believe was the suggestion that this craft was built at Hunter's Yard!
Does anyone have any information about this boat, or about his visits to Norfolk? My wife would love to know.

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Jonzo    -- Apr-23-2006 @ 11:39 PM
  I don't know how true this is, but someone told me years ago that Sir Cliff used to own one of the properties on the riverfront at Wroxham...

flonker    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 8:02 AM
  True indeed. The boat was moored at Thorpe St Andrew. I have been on it!

Dwile Flonker

billmaxted    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 8:23 AM
  'Thinks' were it to rain in June Nita could sing along with Cliff Evil Grin

"We seem to have Two dogs on board!
Lord she's not having her pups already!
Not unless they are being born three foot long!!!"

ELYSIANBOATS    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 9:45 AM
  Sir Cliff purchased a 'brand new' ELYSIAN 34 from the builders (Appleyard Lincoln & Co, Ely) As production of the Elysian 34 ran between 1966 - 1972 one must assume it was within this time window. The local press covered the Champaign launch, sadley I have not been able to track down any pictures or the name Cliff gave to his ELYSIAN 34.


JennyMorgan    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 1:57 PM
  Cliff also used to hire a cruiser and bring a gang of lads down from a youth club that he was involved in. I always remember two things about one of his visits to Oulton Broad, one was delivering 50 packets of cornflakes from my father's shop, eight berth boat for two weeks was an awful lot of kellogs. The second incident was when he drove bow first into the moorings at the Yacht Station. Sounds reasonable but everyone else was stern to shore and I suspect most of off 'em did it gently. Cliff went in rather fast! Bill Soloman, the then harbour master, walked over and studied the damage, and just said, 'most folk stop before they reach the hard bit, that's the bit that doesn't move'!

Jenny Morgan, the watchfull eye!

lez    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 3:55 PM
i also heard that he had a property on the waterfront at wroxham, as did apparently george"turned out nice again" formby.

waif    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 5:19 PM
  i think Goerge Formby had a property at Horning, and quite a good one at that

I'd rather be sailing

flonker    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 5:30 PM
  As a matter of interest does anybody know of any other "celebrities" who visit the broads - other than me of course  Playful Wink  

And more importantly are they members of the Forum?

Dwile Flonker

Richard    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 5:35 PM
  Somebody once told me that Bob Monkhouse used to have a place in coltishall - no idea if that's true though

JamesLons    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 5:40 PM
  Michael Barrymore visited the broads he was on a richardsons boat looked like an amber gem style they made a big deal of it in the paper because he wasn't wearing a life jacket when he supposedly can't swim.


Tarmacsoftee    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 6:44 PM
  I think Stan Laurel had a place in Wroxham, so my Dad used to tell me!


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madmancs    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 6:49 PM
  We saw Elvis singing "live" in Potter Heigham a couple of years back??

Foxy    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 6:55 PM
  Eric Morecambe used to have boat on the Broads I believe

Tarmacsoftee    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 7:11 PM
  Hi Foxy

think Eric Ms boat was an Ocean 30!


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Bruyere    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 7:31 PM
  George Formby's boat was called "Lady Beryl" after his wife....built in 1959 by Windboat of Wroxham.

In the first season it was built George, his wife and the chauffeur lived aboard.

George also owned a 14-foot motor runabout launch, built by Jack Broom of Brundall. He used this to collect his daily newspaper from across the other side of the River Bure, also taking short trips down the river from Wroxham.

The Windboat boatyard was also visited that year by Julie Andrews and Jon Pertwee.

When everything seems to be coming your way.....
you're on the wrong side of the river.


Bruyere    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 7:33 PM
  Jamie Oliver is also supposed to be an occasional Broads were Chris Evans & Billie Piper when they were together.

When everything seems to be coming your way.....
you're on the wrong side of the river.


seajay    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 9:08 PM
  George Formbys launch was refurbished a year or so ago by a Broads boatyard- very smart with a picture of a ukelele or was it a banjolele he played on the transom.


Richard    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 9:40 PM
  That would be an interesting bit of Trivia, how many Dr Who's have visited the Broads, that's up there with how many Dr Who's have been in the "carry on" movies.

Opps, major tidal drift there!

dannyboy    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 10:34 PM
  Ellen McArthur has visited the Broads. She mentions it in one of her books and although she does not name the boat it sounds like Zoe from Horning...

When I was a North Walsham copper a lot of years ago, someone showed me the place Cliff used to own at Wroxham... can't for the life of me remember where it was. I also had to attend a burglar alarm at one of those magnificent waterfront properties and made my way in over the neighbours fence. The neighbour was the Look East presenter, I think his name was Ian Masters (?) who came out in his dressing gown to show us how to get in!

Happy days...


romany    -- Apr-24-2006 @ 10:45 PM
  Daytime chatshow host Trisha Goddard also lives on the broads, and has a property which i believe is near oulton dyke. her family are regularly seen shopping in norwich, where her daughters attend school.

Julia, from The Hilly Side!

JennyMorgan    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 9:45 AM
  Re Trish, one of my daughters has D.J'd at one of her parties, and it wasn't at Oulton Broad. Maybe she has a mooring plot in or near the dyke but I can't think which one it might be.

Re stars who have visited the Broads, yes, many did. Back in the 60's & 70's my father had a broadside restaurant and I had a riverside shop and we met quite a few over the years.

I had many a happy trip up the river with Billy Fury. Billy was a customer of my Dad's. Billy used to go there for a meal, and I supose, being absolute opposits, he and my father got on to such an extent that he lent Billy his river launch, complete with crew, me. Billy was just a big kid at heart and liked not being recognised.

And a bit more name dropping, Prince Phillip sailed on Oulton Broad. He and Uffa Fox borrowed Waveny's and raced in a Ladies race, complete with wigs (Mops) and two baby girls, me and Prince Charles! I was Uffa's baby, ahhhhh!!

Wilfred Pickles was another regular, didn't know anyone, apart from himself, who liked him though!

Jenny Morgan, the watchfull eye!

A.J.B.    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 10:26 AM
  i think G. Formby`s old place is called HERONBY, at Wroxham.

Andy and Di

dannyboy    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 1:39 PM
  As far as name dropping goes JM, it doesn't get better than that - What a story! What an image!! Smile


Captain    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 1:57 PM

I can confirm that George Formby's house was definetly in Wroxham. I believe all hell broke loose when the previously proposed Wroxham bypass would have gone through or next to it. With regard to his boat believe the Windboats craft was no2. His original was built by Herbert Woods, my father and grandparents were given a tour when it was moored at Potter Heigham back in the early 50's.

Eric Morecambe's boat was an Ocean 30 which appeared in Norfolk Afloat (under restoration)and if my memory is correct was built in 1973 by Herbert Wood's. Possibly resided on the Fens?

p.s It wasn't just Cliff who visited, I am sure I remember a Hoseasons (74?) brochure listing the stars who had used their boats and Hank Marvin (the Shadows) was pictured.


lez    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 4:02 PM
  heh all,
didn't several members of the dads army cast enjoy days out on the broads whilst filming in norfolk??arthur lowe and his wife bought a yacht/boat pretty famous if i remember correctly and did her up.though don't think she was used on the broads.

waif    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 6:06 PM
  Patrick troughton visited the Thurne river many times and stayed in one of the bungalows. Also th actor who played inspector rose in the 60's or early 70's ownwed tide and time on Repps river bank

I'd rather be sailing

Richard    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 7:17 PM
  Maybe Sir Cliff would MC the get-together.  Bill, if we had Nita and Cliff doing a duet it would set back Anglo-American relations by decades!

Dave_From_Hemel    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 7:47 PM
  I remember going on a boat trip from oulton broad and on the commentary it said that one of the beegees has a house on oulton broad.


JennyMorgan    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 9:45 PM
  Ree the BeeGees, I've lived besides Oulton Broad all my life and I don't remember anyone incredibly famous living there, atleast not since 1950 ish.

Cockerell of Hover Craft fame tested a model on the Broad, but didn't live there. I think I've got the relationship right in saying that the one time step father of Venessa May, the violinist, lived a few doors up. The uncle of some famous heavy metal band lives opposite and the two Hawkins brothers from the Darkness have been to one of my daughter's 18th birthday party. Also a God Parent of Prince Charles lived besides the Broad for many years. But actually famous people, no, don't know of any. Mind you, that's not to say that a BeeGee didn't. He might also have rented a house if he did a summer season at Gt Yarmouth.

Peggy Mount was another regular visitor, and what a charecter! Just like she was on screen. That'll show your age if you remember Peggy!  

Jenny Morgan, the watchfull eye!

rojomo    -- Apr-25-2006 @ 11:17 PM
  Well Jenny,

I remember Peggy Mount very well, also Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy, Rag Tag and Bobtail. Oh dear age really shown up now  Gasp



stephenh    -- Apr-26-2006 @ 12:47 AM
  The 1975 Hoseasons brochure has a section entitled "The Stars visit Broadland" (presumably with Hoseasons) and pictures of Roy Hudd, Frank Ifield, and mentions of Dick Emery, Hank Marvin, Pat Phoenix, and Peter Adamson.

Youger Forum members (and indeed older) may struggle with some of those!

Swordfish    -- Apr-26-2006 @ 1:11 AM
  Good grief, I remember "The Larkins"
And listen with mother Frown


billmaxted    -- Apr-26-2006 @ 6:59 AM
  Edward Heath, Lord Prior and John Inman, also come to mind

"We seem to have Two dogs on board!
Lord she's not having her pups already!
Not unless they are being born three foot long!!!"

seajay    -- Apr-26-2006 @ 8:33 AM
  A few years ago we were on our way down the Ant near How hill.When a reed lighter with a film crew aboard came up stream, it was Bill Oddy making one of his TV films.


3164du    -- Apr-26-2006 @ 1:38 PM
  I was on the Broads in 2001 the same week as Michael Barymore, he was on Richardsons 'Gold Gem 8', according to the papers, although they had carefully placed a towel over the name so people could'nt identify them. We saw them mooring up in some trees on the upper Ant, we also saw loads of dayboats with camera crews and photographers on looking for them!!

rojomo    -- Apr-29-2006 @ 11:27 PM
  Good Grief!!

Micheal Barrymore on Gold Gem Confused There was a time I would have thought he could have bought Richardsons lock stock and barrel Playful Wink



VetChugger    -- Apr-29-2006 @ 11:51 PM
  You mention Jim Prior Bill? Doesn't he or didn't he own Aston Boats??


billmaxted    -- Apr-30-2006 @ 5:57 AM
  Yes the family had (maybe still has) a controlling interest and used to own the Wood yard next door in Beccles.  Edward Heath used to visit both Loddon and Beccles with him on a number of occassions.

"Daddy? Is that mast thing supposed to have a jagged top?" Bill...

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