In Moscow Feb 8 Visnews filmed a crowd of children amusing themselves in the Russian capital's largest recreation ground, Gorki Park, while nearby the "Walruses" - members of a winter swimming club - are taking a cold plunge into the waters of the frozen Moskva.
GV. Entrance to the Gorki Recreation Park.
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SV.PAN. From people entering park to military band playing.
SV. Children skating to the music of the band.
SV. Young child skating.
SCU. Child spectators.
SV.TOWARDS.Young children into the park on Finnish sleighs.
SV Child on revolving "horse".
SV.PAN. Line of children being pulled along by a horse.
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SV. Child on slide.
SV. People watching dog training.
STV. Children playing hoopla.
SV.PAN. Children playing skiffles.
LV.PAN. Children enjoying themselves on scenic railway.
LV.PAN. From scenic railway PAN to men breaking ice in the Moskva river.
SV. The Moscow "Walruses" preparing to enter the water for their mid-winter swim.
SV.PAN. Swimmers entering the water.
SCU. Swimmer in water.
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STV. Swimmers leaving water.
LV.PAN. From swimmer on ice-floe PAN to another emerging from water.
LV. Spectators on bridge.
SV.PAN. The last swimmer out trots briskly to the changing rooms.
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Background: In Moscow Feb 8 Visnews filmed a crowd of children amusing themselves in the Russian capital's largest recreation ground, Gorki Park, while nearby the "Walruses" - members of a winter swimming club - are taking a cold plunge into the waters of the frozen Moskva.
In the grounds of Gorki Park, covering an area of more than 270 acres, a host of Moscow children enjoy the many facilities. In winter most of the park is flooded and skating becomes one of the children's favourite pastimes. To the tunes of a brass band they swing, sway and circle on the gleaming ice rink.
Down at the river the Walruses are holding their annual mid-winter swim - a cool affair which they say keeps the doctor away and enables you to reach the age of 100. Whether the second promise hold true or not remains to be seen since the oldest of the stalwart plungers is only 63.