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Film premier of The Journey of Louisa, a Lynmouth lifeboat

By NDJNicole  |  Posted: April 12, 2014

  • Film premier of The Journey of Louisa, a Lynmouth lifeboat. Pictured is film maker Ken Blakey

  • Film premier of The Journey of Louisa, a Lynmouth lifeboat. Pictured is film maker Ken Blakey and event organiser Jo Backhouse

  • Film premier of The Journey of Louisa, a Lynmouth lifeboat. Pictured are old photographs of Jack Crocombe and the lifeboat crew.

  • Film premier of The Journey of Louisa, a Lynmouth lifeboat. Pictured are old is a photograph of Jack Crocombe.

  • Film premier of The Journey of Louisa, a Lynmouth lifeboat. Pictured great grandchildren of Jack Crocombe.

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A DOCUMENTARY about a Lynmouth lifeboat premiered last night.

The Journey of Louisa is a film about a boat which went to the rescue of a ship in fierce storms in 1899.

The boat’s crew dragged it 13 miles to Porlock Weir so it could be launched onto sheltered seas.

The film was produced by Ken Blakey from Lynton and included computer graphics mixed with real-time footage of the route.

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Mr Blakey said: “It isn’t about superheroes but ordinary people and ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

“It is one of those stories that lingered at the back of my mind. Eight months after we moved to Lynton it pinged back.

“It is amazing to say that a story that you saw as a child, almost as a made-up, fantastical story, can become a story about the place you live in. That was why it connected with me.”

The premiere was held at Lynmouth Pavilion yesterday and coincided with the 160th birthday of Jack Crocombe, coxswain of the Louisa.

Descendants of the original crew were invited, including the great granddaughter and great grandson of Jack Crocombe.

Louisa, a feature film about the launch, is to start filming this autumn at Lynton and Lynmouth.

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  • Stork  |  April 12 2014, 1:41PM

    Looking forward to seeing the film. It must have been a super human event, plus of course, the horses !

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