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06 November 2003 1154 GMT
Norfolk coast: A video with a view
Picture: Aerial shot of Cromer Pier.
Cromer Pier filmed by Mike Page, while flying in his plane.

The beauty of Norfolk's coastline has been an inspiration to amateur pilot Mike Page.

He has spent hours filming Norfolk from the air and has now released his footage to raise money for charities, writes Alex Dunlop.


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Bullet point. East Anglia From The Air is available on video and DVD formats.
Bullet point.   They are available from Jarrolds in Norwich and Cromer, Page's Garage, Norwich Road, Strumpshaw, and RC Snelling at Blofield Heath
Bullet point.   Mike's first film came out last year. The second has just been released.
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Norfolk's coastline has changed much more than many other stretches over the years as the force of nature and coastal erosion have taken their toll.

But its natural beauty 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.

Mike has been taking still photographs of Norfolk's cliffs and beaches for 10 years. He has now branched out into video.

So far he's made two. He has flown over and filmed the Norfolk coast from Hopton to Hunstanton.

Picture: Mike Page.
Mike fixes the camera into his plane for another day's 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, from 700 to 4,000 feet above sea level.

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.

It's cost him a small fortune, but all the cash raised from sales of the videos, called East Anglia From The Air, goes to charity.

The first film sold more than 3,000 copies and fetched £10,000 for the RNLI.

Mike hopes his latest release will help to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Next year there should be a third instalment, as Mike takes off in his Cessna 150 and heads south to Suffolk.

 

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