Caught by the River

River Ride

21st February 2021

Watch a beautiful amateur film from 1963, made on the Essex line from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea with views of the River Colne.

Edward Thorp, known as ‘Chib’, an undertaker from Leigh on Sea, spent his weekends throughout the year visiting the rural railway lines in East Anglia with wife Edna and their dog Micky. Chib always took along his 8mm camera, a good supply of Kodachrome film, and a tape recorder, to document their trips. Chib would edit the film himself at home, have a magnetic stripe added to the film, and on his Kodak projector, which had a recording facility, he would record a commentary.

This came to us via Michael Padmore on Twitter, and is available to watch for free on the BFI Player.