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    Sea scouts - West Kirby.

    Sea Scouts (type of Boy Scouts?) hold a big water show for an audience; c. 1920s. Opens w/ shot of some spectators; inc. old man in Scout leader uniform; water in BG- -possibly they & camera are all on a boat. Pan up; looking out to water; a few rafts or small barges are disguised as islands w/ fake palm trees; etc.; shore in distance w/ more spectators. Boys row 2-person kayaks in races. Boys also perform a pageant w/ a sort of nautical theme. Includes pirate ship w/ a man forced to walk the plank; a wild native ceremony on island; w/ boys dressed in grass skirts w/ etc. and dancing around; a mysterious sea monster; like a giant snake; swims toward an island; cruel taskmaster whips galley slaves to make them row faster. Youth organisations; racism.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1929
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:49:00 / 01:16:25:00
    ON 338 F
    Sort Number:
    ON 338 F
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    Sport & Leisure Lifestyle & Culture
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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  1. Deesider says

    This will have been filmed on August 3rd, 1929, when there was a Sea Scout Pageant held on the Marine Lake at West Kirby, Wirral, as part of the 3rd World Jamboree being held in nearby Arrowe Park. The Event was due to have been held in the presence of Prince George but he had to cry off due to ill health. The opening sequence shows the Chief Scout, Lord Baden-Powell, arriving.
    As one can clearly see in the sequence, it was extremely windy and the programme had to be curtailed as a result. You can find various descriptions of the Event elsewhere on the Web - one of the best is from the Times via

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