Evergreen - - That’s Entertainment! -

The year is 1938 with what looks like a busy har­bour in an in­dus­trial town. The let­ters BEA stand for Bri­tish Elec­tric­ity Au­thor­ity but all is not quite as you might imag­ine be­cause to­day, not far from this grimy scene, is one of our most ex­pen­sive ar­eas of real es­tate. The church in the mid­dle is St. James.

In the fore­ground, un­load­ing coal at the power sta­tion, is the Nor­man Queen. Just un­der 1,000 tons, she was built at Burn­tis­land in Fife in 1937 and be­longed to Bri­tish Chan­nel Is­lands Ship­ping. In 1941, how­ever, she was part of Con­voy FN- 26 when it was at­tacked in the North Sea off Cromer by a flotilla of Ger­man E- boats. Six ships were sunk in to­tal, in­clud­ing the Nor­man Queen who lost 11 of her crew.

The har­bour to­day is ranked 14th in terms of na­tional trade and has grown steadily over the last 20 years. Although the wa­ter is rel­a­tively shal­low, there is a great deal of cargo traf­fic and in 1973 ferry ser­vices were added which now carry al­most one mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year to both France and the Chan­nel Isles.

In the back­ground is Sand­banks, now nick­named Mil­lion­aire’s Row, which lies close to the chain ferry at the mouth of the har­bour within whose con­fines is Brownsea Is­land, made fa­mous by Baden- Pow­ell who based his first Scout camp there in 1907. Got it yet?

Poole in Dorset is the an­swer from where you can sail away on hol­i­day to the Con­ti­nent!

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