The Broom armada brought the River Yare to a standstill on Saturday as the largest single gathering of Broom Boats prepared to form up according to the age of each boat.

The honour of leading the sail past fell to the 26ft Broads sailing yacht Bessie Bell, which was built for the company’s hire fleet in 1911, but there were lots of classic motorcruisers on show, too.

Once the fleet assembled slightly downstream of Coldham Hall they headed towards Broom’s Brundall yard and then on to Surlingham Broad before dispersing on the River Yare by Coldham Hall.

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