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    Long version of the newsreel story GIRL WINS MASS SWIM - special for Butlin's - mute only.

    Title reads - 'The Butlin International Cross Channel Swimming Race 1957 - The greatest event in the swimming world - 23 swimmers from 15 countries race for £1,900 cash and the 1,000-guinea Butlin Challenge Trophy. The swimmers meet for final training at Butlin's Queens Hotel, Cliftonville, Kent.'
    Long shot of Queens Hotel in Cliftonville. Several shots of the swimming contestants walking down street at Cliftonville. Several shots of the contestants looking at the trophy. Various underwater shots of the contestant in swimming pool - she gets out of pool and smiles to camera. Various shots of the male and female contestants training in sea.
    Intertitle reads - 'Let us now cross the Channel to Cap Gris Nez to watch the race in which 7 women, including 2 from England, and 16 men, including 5 from England, are taking part.'
    Various shots of the crowds at beech at night with contestants being greased up before the race. Billy Butlin is seen talking to contestants before the race. Race starts - contestants entering water and start swimming. Intertitle reads - 'The Race is on". Various shots of the contestants swimming with boats around them.
    Various shots of the people on the English side of the Channel gathered at beech, waiting to see who will win. Danish swimmer Greta Anderson wins. She is too tired and is helped out of water. Various shots of the swimmer after race - she is sitting at the beach getting rest, moving helped by two men and waves to camera with broad smile.
    End title reads - 'The Butlin International Cross-Channel Swimming Race 1957', First Woman Miss Greta Anderson from Denmark with a time of 13 hrs. 53 min. First Man - Kenneth Wray from England with a time of 16 hrs. 25 mins, And more swimmers than ever before will enter this year's swim in August.

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    01:32:25:00 / 01:40:35:00
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    Sport & Leisure
    Folkestone Water at Night
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