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    Soho, London.

    Road sweepers are rewarded for their hard work - the owner of a tailors on their patch takes them to Ascot for the day.

    Various shots of three road sweepers at work. C/U of the three looking at a newspaper report about Ascot. C/U of top hats and tails in the tailor's window. The road sweepers enter the tailors shop. C/U of a top hat being removed from its stand. M/S of the tailors coming out of the shop dressed in top hats and tails. They discard their brushes and get into a Rolls Royce.

    Various C/Us of the road sweepers and tailor, Lou Young inside the Rolls.

    Long panning shot of crowds at Ascot. The road sweepers get out of the Rolls and enter an enclosure - two are conspicuously the only black men at Ascot. Various shots of the road sweepers eating fine food and sipping champagne - the narrator suggests it's better than pie, beans and mild and bitter. Lou is seen popping the cork on a bottle of Moet. C/U of a bookie signing the odds. M/S of the road sweepers looking at a form, one of them has a roll-up dangling from his mouth. M/S of a posh couple looking through binoculars. The road sweepers make a bet. L/S of a horse race. Various shots of the bookies watching the race. Various shots (v. good) of snooty ladies in ridiculous hats. The road sweepers, still in their finery, are seen drinking beer out of silver tankards.

    The road sweepers are named in a newspaper article as Jack Bennett, Bill Libure and Victor Foster.

    Interesting item showing the difference between the working and upper classes. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    British Pathé
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    Time in/Out:
    01:29:52:00 / 01:33:39:00
    CP 396
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    CP 396
  • Appears in...

    Lifestyle & Culture
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Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    "top hats and tails in the tailor's window" - the shop is located on Wardour Street.

    "Lou Young" should read Lew Young. Here's a photo of him from around the time of this clip.....

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