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Wrecks

Diver
Diver looking for wreck

The East Anglian coast may be known for its beaches and wildlife – but what many people don’t realise is that it’s also brilliant for wreck diving.

Some of the best diving opportunities are incredibly close to shore.

But the surprising thing is what you can see underwater.

It's hard to believe if you stand on the shore-line on a grey stormy day and watch the murky waves crashing in.

However, in the Autumn, the water off shore can be particularly clear.

Inside Out took advantage of these clear waters to team up with wreck hunter and diver, James Holt, to dive to a ship which went down in World War One.

World War One wreck

The SS Rosalie was a freighter attacked in August 1915 by German U boats.

She received a direct hit from a torpedo and was towed to Weybourne where she has rested on the bottom ever since.

Underwater finds
Treasures of the deep - underwater finds from wreck

This is only the start of searching for 'what’s out there'.

These waters have some of the best wrecks anywhere in the world – but to find them divers need to head out for deeper water.

James Holt is a modern day treasure hunter who has been searching these waters for wrecks to dive for most of his life.

Over the last few years he’s made some extraordinary discoveries.

Ship's graveyard

The east coast is a real ships' graveyard.

It’s a dangerous coast, coupled with the fact that two world wars resulted in lots of shipping being sunk in this area.

It's reckoned that there are at least 150 wrecks within 15 miles of Wells-next-the-Sea.

One of the ships the divers go down to investigate dates from the 18th Century - aboard it was a consignment of lead ingots.

Two hundred years on, this cargo is more valuable than silver because it has a low alpha content as a result of not being exposed the Atomic explosions.

Inside Out also watches as the divers find paddle steamers, sailing clippers and even a German U Boat.

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Speed king

Archie Scott Brown
Archie Scott Brown - speed king and champion racer

If you were asked to name the top British racing drivers of all time, the chances are that you'd probably come up with Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn or Jackie Stewart.

But there's one extraordinary driver whose name is not as well known - yet he remains a legend to all those who saw him race.

He lived in Cambridge and overcame extraordinary odds to reach the top.

His name was Archie Scott Brown.

Archie was born with severe disabilities, a result of German measles suffered by his mother during pregnancy.

He had no proper front forearm and both legs were radically twisted.

But what Archie had in abundance was as astonishing ability to drive cars and drive them very fast.

In fact, many who saw Archie race had no idea he had a disability, such was his skill behind the wheel.

Inside Out East looks at how Archie teamed up with Cambridgeshire engineer, Brian Lister, to create a racing team that often rang rings around the big teams such as Jaguar and Aston Martin.

Stirling Moss re-lives some of his tussles on the track with Archie and David Butler, Chairman of the British Motorsports Association for the Disabled, who has very similar disabilities to Archie, explains the legacy he left behind.

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Flexibreak

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New York - the dream holiday that never was...

Nick Lawrence investigates a Luton-based holiday company called Flexibreak Promotions.

Three friends from Luton planned a shopping trip to New York and paid £1,300 to stay in the Roosevelt Hotel.

But two weeks before they were due to fly, they discovered the rooms had not been booked and the trip never went ahead.

The promotions company is run by Jeffrey Zemmel.

The way it works is that people complete an online survey.

In return they get vouchers for free flights to New York provided the accommodation is booked through Flexibreak Promotions.

The Luton offices of the company have been closed down.

But we track Mr Zemmel to his new offices in Potters Bar where he declined to answer our questions.

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