On the 22nd June 2012 the Olympic Torch Relay passed through Carnforth, Bolton le Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe and Lancaster en route to Blackpool. It was exactly halfway on it's 8000 mile journey around the UK.
It was also the wettest and windyest day of the tour. However it didn't stop thousands of local people and schoolchildren lining the route and cheering loudly. Out in this atrocious weather were fifeteen members of Morecambe Bay Movie makers filming many of the torch bearers, interviewing them and recording for posterity this unique event. They captured many once in a lifetime events, including an interview with the Mayor of Lancaster. It also tells the story of this British made torch, what its' features symbolise and shows the beauty and heritage of places along the route..
This unique thirty three minute official souvenir film was edited by award winning club member Chris Abram and is available for purchase from the Morecambe Bay Movie Makers website...morecambebaymoviemakers.org.uk
Cedric is filmed being interviewed by Chris Abram and the film is intercut with footage of him guiding thousands of people across the dangerous and treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay. This is where "the tide comes in like a galloping horse"and where the slightest deviation from his marked out route will take you into lethal quicksands. It is also where The Chinese Cockling Disaster took place when twenty four cocklers died and which raised concern all over the world.
This is a very unique sequence taken from the 2hr 45 minute value for money double dvd researched, scripted, filmed, edited and produced by award winning amateur film maker Chris Abram. "Bittern Country Our Heritage" is part of the "Our Heritage" series of dvd's produced by Chris.
An interview and new material for Cedric Robinson also features in "Morecambe Bay Our Heritage Part 2 The Real Lancashire Coast North of the Sands" See aso Part 3.
To see other examples from the "Our Heritage" series and other films go to Vimeo.com/chrisabram.
A website, heritagevideoproductions.co.uk is available from which to purchase any of chris's award winning dvd's Or email contact via email@example.com
Cedric Robinson MBE has completed fifty years as The Queen's Guide to the Kent Sands, the longest serving since records began in the 16thC.
Cedric has escorted thousands of charity walkers across the treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay and in the process helped to raise over £2.5M.
Last year,in honour of his fifty years as a guide, his eightieth birthday and his fifty three years of being married to his wife Olive, I organised a "Gala Tribute to Cedric Robinson MBE" in The Coronation Hall, Ulverston and this video is some of the material which I filmed for the event.. This video is being entered in a Cumbria film competition and the time limit is only twelve minutes, therefore I have had to leave out many of the tributes given by several personalities.
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Chris Abram, a local award winning heritage film maker, made this record of the highlights of the themed event. Wayne Hemmiingway staged this event in Morecambe for the second time. It was a resounding success with in excess of 40,000 people attending. .
Unfortunately the Breitling wing walkers couldn't make it to Morecambe due to bad weather. This was a disappointment to the tens of thousands of people who turned up in Morecambe's bright sunshine to see this Saturday highlight. Also, on the Sunday a visit was made by the last two surviving Lancaster bombers but a single flypast was all that the expectant thousands lining the beach got!
Enjoy some of the highlights of the weekend and it was just a shame that there was too much to put in this twenty minute video