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Viking invasion on Hunny beach aided by diving club

Vikings invade Hunstanton. British Museum promotional film at Hunstanton on Saturday.

Vikings invade Hunstanton. British Museum promotional film at Hunstanton on Saturday.

The British Museum led a viking invasion on to the shores of Hunstanton at the weekend as crews arrived to work on a promotional film for an upcoming exhibition.

Part of the larger, upcoming exhibition, Vikings: Life and Legend, that is due to open on March 6, the film will also be used for the cinema event, Vikings Live from the British Museum, presented by Michael Wood, that will be shown at cinemas across the UK on April 24.

Dave Clack, safety office for the borough council and member of West Norfolk Sub Aqua Club, who helped with the project, said: “The borough council was approached prior to Christmas for permission to carry out the filming on Hunstanton beach, taking advantage of the local scenery.

“The day involved a working replica of a Viking craft, launched early in the day on the high tide and beached amongst the rock pools and sand below the cliffs, along with a band of re-enactors in full-Viking apparel including chain mail armour, shields, helmets and some weaponry.”

He added: “Thankfully the presence of a film crew with all their equipment suggested to bystanders that this was a historic re-enactment rather than a delayed invasion.

“At times during the day when not in front of the camera the enactors were more than willing to talk about their role and show those interested the finer details of their costume and the replica weaponry being used in the shoot.”

Also in the water for much of the day was slightly a more modern Rigid Inflatable Boat provided by members of the local dive club, West Norfolk Sub Aqua Club, who are based at St James Pool in Lynn. The Dive Club had volunteered to assist in the launch and recovery operations as well as Safety cover for the Viking craft, while in the water.

The commodore and members of Hunstanton Sailing club hosted the cast and crews by opening up their seafront clubhouse and providing refreshments and a base for the work.

Mr Clack said: “The day was a great success, with the weather described as perfect by the producer, filming going off without a hitch and providing entertainment for a few locals and visitors to the resort.

“The film will be appearing over the next few months ahead of the March opening of the Viking exhibition.”

 

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