OLD cine film footage is online for the public to see for the first time and provide a nostalgic window into Windermere’s boating history.

The footage, from the 1970s and 1980s, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the life of boatmen and the arrival of some of Windermere Lake Cruises’ waterbus vessels.

The 8mm films were shot over several years by a former Chairman of Windermere Lake Cruises, Raymond Dennison, a cine film enthusiast who died in 2007.

A selection of his films has now been digitised and put online by Windermere Lake Cruises.

Reels yet to be digitised are believed to show a Sunderland Flying Boat landing on Windermere, a big freeze in the early 1980s and the launch of Windermere’s car ferry, The Mallard, in the early 1990s.   

Rob Beale, Boat Master with Windermere Lake Cruises and boating historian, says: “The films might never have been seen in public had Raymond’s family not realised their historical interest. We are very grateful they handed them over to us.”

“They give a glimpse into the past and document the development of transport and tourism on Windermere.”

The footage can be viewed here www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk/news/raymond-dennisons-movie-gallery