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RSPB reserve at Titchwell on the Norfolk Coast
RSPB reserve at Titchwell

Norfolk Coast: A video with a sky view

The beauty of Norfolk's coastline has been an inspiration to amateur pilot Mike Page. He's spent hours filming Norfolk from the air and has now released the footage to raise money for local charities serving communities on the coast.

Norfolk's coastline has changed much more than many other stretches over the years. The force of nature and coastal erosion have taken their toll.

But the natural beauty of the east coast is still there for all of us to see and now it's been captured on film from the air by an amateur pilot.

Seething Airfield, near Brooke, has been Mike Page's second home for more than 40 years. When he commutes, it's usually a thousand feet above sea level in his Cessna 150.

Mike has been taking still photographs of Norfolk's cliffs and beaches for 10 years. He's now branched out into video and has published two films which feature the Norfolk coast from Hopton to Hunstanton.

Mike Page
Mike prepares for a day filming

The equipment is simple, but the results are remarkable.

Using a small digital video camera, mounted on a bracket by the aeroplane's window, Mike flew along the coastline for 10 hours, between 700 to 4,000 feet above sea level.

"I wanted to record the history of the coastline. To capture it as it was at the time of filming, to keep it for posterity," said Mike Page.

"The first film, from Gorleston to Sheringham, was shot in 2002. The second edition, that flies from Sheringham to Hunstanton, was filmed in 2003.

"It gives people a rare chance to see the coastline as I see it - an aerial view of the entire Norfolk coastline in one run," he added.

From the air, you can clearly see the cliff erosion at Happisburgh and the wide expanses of sandy beach at Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea. The majestic spit at Blakeney stretches for miles into the Wash.

The spit at Blakeney Point viewed from the air
The spit at Blakeney Point

"The highlight of the film for me is the view of Blakeney Point and Scolt Head. It's absolutely gorgeous as you fly over the sand banks on the edge of cloud level when the tide is out," said Mike.

The research and script for East Anglia From The Air was written by Pauline Young, the local production was handled by Roy Snelling and BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Roy Waller provided the commentary.

"Everybody donated their time free of charge because we wanted to give something back to the coastal communities," said Mike.

"We get get the benefit of enjoying the coastline and this is one way of putting something back by way of the charity donations. We chose the RNLI and the East Anglian Air Ambulance as they can provide services to people around the coast," he added.

The first film sold more than 3,000 copies and fetched £10,000 for the RNLI. The second film has, to date, raised more than £15,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

  • East Anglia From The Air is available on video and DVD formats
  • The films in the series are available from Jarrolds in Norwich and Cromer, Page's Garage, Norwich Road, Strumpshaw and RC Snelling at Blofield Heath
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