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Drifter work captured for posterity

PUBLISHED: 14:33 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 05 July 2010

IT'S taken almost two years to produce, but the waiting was certainly worthwhile this week.

At a packed studio theatre - the home of the Lowestoft Cine and Camcorder Club at Sparrows Nest - it was a case of lights, camera, and action as a prestigious premiere hit the big screen.

IT'S taken almost two years to produce, but the waiting was certainly worthwhile this week.

At a packed studio theatre - the home of the Lowestoft Cine and Camcorder Club at Sparrows Nest - it was a case of lights, camera, and action as a prestigious premiere hit the big screen.

A 30-minute film highlighting the Restoration of the Lydia Eva, the world's last surviving steam-powered herring drifter, was shown to an enthusiastic audience consisting of Lydia Eva trust members and LC&CClub members.

The film was produced by five members of the Phoenix group - editor Ron Rushmere, David Bucknole, Gordon Mitchell, David Osborn and Alan Ruff - with valuable support from club president and projectionist on Monday Austen Mobbs.

“These men know that without them there would be no film,” Mr Bucknole said. “It has taken two years to complete and will hopefully become another record of another major project contributing to the heritage of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.”

After being awarded a grant of £839,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), volunteers began working tirelessly in early 2007 to restore Lydia Eva to its former glory and use her as a floating museum.

Work on Saving the Lydia Eva has been continuing since then, and as of October 2008 she has been back in Lowestoft having major boiler works completed as the museum is fitted out and the cabin completed.

Since January 2007, every moment has been intrinsically captured on film right up until November 2008. And from over four hours of footage, the group managed to edit this down to a “28 minute documentary of the restoration,” a delighted Mr Rushmere said.

“We are very pleased with it as it has what we call good pace and it holds the attention of the viewer.”

Equally pleased, Christine Monkhouse from the Trust told The Journal that the film will now go on general sale to boost the fundraising efforts of work to save the Lydia Eva.

“We're absolutely thrilled that the Lowestoft Cine and Camcorder Club have filmed the restoration as we really think this is important,” she said. “It's taken 21 months and we are still within budget, albeit a little bit over time, but the goal is to steam next spring into Great Yarmouth.”

Copies of the DVD are now on sale, with funds going towards the Lydia Eva Trust. To order a copy telephone Mr Rushmere on 01502 566593 and also look out for future details in The Journal as to other outlets that will sell the film.

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