Jetskiing Normans invade Herbrand Walk

MODERN-DAY Normans traded wooden ships for jetskis to invade Sussex coastline once more at the weekend.

Thursday, 1st July 2010, 4:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:15 pm

Perhaps the most famous arrival to 1066 Country was William the Conqueror's fleet landing in Pevensey 944 years ago before marching to Hastings.

And on Saturday a BBC film crew descended on the beach at Herbrand Walk to film a modern recreation of the original Norman invasion.

The ten-minute battle will be aired on BBC1 in a 7.30pm slot this October as part of the Inside Out regional TV series.

Beach owner Steve Hall was delighted with the crowds who turned out.

"It was heaving down there," he said. "Everyone seemed to enjoy it, and we had no problems with space despite all the cars."

Martin Govan, of The Jetski Centre, lead the invasion.

"It was a good opportunity for the 20-odd riders involved," said Martin.

"Some of the riders, myself included, are ex-racers and British champions and are used to riding in close contact with others.

"It would seem that the images created with all the riders in formation caused a lot of intrigue to passers-by and on ookers."

Helen Deller, a spokesman for the show, said filming had gone well and the crew were pleased with results.

Mr Hall is trying to set up a family watersports business on his beach - without jetskis - but has twice been blocked by Rother District Council's planning committee.

He is currently appealing the decision with Bristol's planning inspectorate.

Find out more about his plans for the beach at