Gt Yarmouth Follies

Photo:Perry Blake

Perry Blake

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Photo:Roy Walsh and Perry Blake

Roy Walsh and Perry Blake

Bridget Belson

Photo:Roy Walsh and Perry Blake

Roy Walsh and Perry Blake

Bridget Belson

Photo:Roy Walsh and Perry Blake

Roy Walsh and Perry Blake

Bridget Belson

Photo:Perry on the high tower

Perry on the high tower

Bridget Belson

Photo:Perry diving from the high tower

Perry diving from the high tower

Bridget Belson

Perry Blake

By Bridget Belson (Nee Johnson)

I thought you might be interested in the photos I took of Perry Blake and Roy Walsh at the Great Yarmouth outdoor pool, I am pretty certain that they were taken around 1958. Before Roy turned professional he represented his country at the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956.

I attended the water follies many times during the 1950s often to watch Perry diving. Another attraction during the show was when Perry put on a display of trampolining halfway through the show and would ask volunteers from the spectators to have a go. I was often the first one to volunteer as it was the only opportunity I had to get onto a trampoline. I remember one afternoon Perry persuaded me to to try a backward somersault - no problem except I failed to land it properly and ended up trapping his fingers between the metal surround and my backside, no harm done to either party!!

Although not present on the occasion he hit his head on the bottom of the pool after diving from the tower into eight feet of water, I understand that he crashed with such force that the long chain he wore around his neck actually broke. I should mention that I was a member of the Norwich Swan Swimming Club, but spent a great deal of time at the Gt. Yarmouth outdoor pool, frequently to compete in inter-club and County galas both in swimming and diving. Perry came to the Lakenham Baths in Norwich at least once to help several of us with our diving.

This page was added by Bridget Belson (Nee Johnson) on 17/07/2013.
Comments about this page

Roy Walsh is my Dad!! I stumbled on this page while trying to find any old photo's or video etc of Dad from the Olympics. Dad is 77 now and loves to talk about the old "diving days" (Probably too much really!) I've seen pictures of him with Perry before but the ones on here are new to me so I'm sure he'll be thrilled to see them next time he visits (He doesn't have the internet yet). I'm so very proud of Dad and only wish digital cameras and facebook etc had been around in his day!! These pics will make his day when I show them...Thank you so much for posting these Bridget! (If you have any more pics or just want to say Hi to Dad you can contact me at pwalsh@pwalsh.plus.com) Kind regards Paul Walsh

By Paul Walsh
On 12/11/2013

Fantastic to see more about the great Perry Blake i have just added a rare video clip at George Baines Aqua Show Great Yarmouth 1959 with Perry and others including my mum aqua belle Rita Stone, Stunt Divers Dennis Burnip, acrobats Eric & Evelyn etc, to view please go to a memorial fund i set up a few days ago on just giving in memory of my mum Rita Stone who met and married my dad at one of the shows Dennis Burnip, all funds will go to the Born Free Foundation. If those of you who new Rita would like to donate then please visit Just Giving Rita Burnip Memorial Fund For The Born Free Foundation. I will be adding more photos later including one of Perry Blake holding me as a baby and sorry for showing one of me splashing around in the bath i could not remove it lol! Many Thanks Daniel Burnip Added 8/4/20014

By Daniel Burnip
On 14/04/2014

Wonderful history for me 70 what a great way of life then .that was real entertainment .not reality rubbish and X factor as we have to put up with.the high dive used to frighten me to death.could Tom Daley do it.do not think he would have the bottle .god bless to you and all your family

By Michael tovey
On 05/09/2014
You have the monopoly on useful inanamrtioo-fren't monopolies illegal? ;)
By Mooi
On 12/02/2015

Hi Paul. I am George Baines' daughter.  Pls tell your Dad that I am in constant touch with Sid Brooks.  He used to dive in the shows with your Dad and he still lives in Florida.   

By Jan Baines-Burton
On 23/06/2015

Great to see this item.

Dreamland at margate is doing high diving for this season.

Great Yarmouth needs that open air pool back.

By lee
On 27/07/2015

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