This new DVD
presents a fascinating look back at bygone Clacton. It explores
Clacton’s growth from an insignificant hamlet to a fashionable
Victorian resort, its transformation into a playground for
day-trippers from London, and its rise to become one of the
country’s leading holiday resorts.
It recalls some
of the memorable events from the town’s past including, its role as
a haunt of smugglers, the opening of the Pier, the coming of the
railway, the opening of Butlins, and the floods of 1953, which
claimed 35 lives in Jaywick.
The DVD also
looks back at Clacton’s experience during the Second World War. At
the outbreak of war it was declared a safe zone and received
evacuees from London, and later suffered the first civilian
casualties of the war, its own children were evacuated, and it was
fortified against an expected invasion.
period in Clacton’s past is brought to life with a selection of old
photos and a unique collection of archive film, which captures many
aspects of life in old Clacton and the surrounding district from the
1920s to the 1960s. It shows many views of the town that will bring
memories flooding back for those who remember the Clacton of old –
and surprise and intrigue those who don’t.
Many of the
events featured in the DVD are brought to life with first-hand
accounts from the archives of the Clacton Times and the Clacton
Gazette. The DVD is narrated by Howard Ellison.
Included on this
disc a free bonus film. ‘Essex The Way We Were’