David Shepherd exhibition, Biggin Hill closes, cement mermaids & RAF leave centre at Penang.
Title: "Astra Gazette".
Intertitle: "Shepherd Paintings".
Various shots of exhibition of painting in London by artist David Shepherd, includes several CUs of artist himself. Various shots war hero Commander Woodward (Spitfire pilot with 213 Squadron Desert Air Force) looking at paintings by Shepherd of WW2 RAF planes. This section is same as story in Colour Pictorial issue CP 048 from 28/11/1955. For further details see record for film id 37.15.
Intertitle: "Famous Fighter Station Closes".
Closure of RAF Biggin Hill, Kent. Royal Air Force officers inspecting airmen on airfield. Civilian and RAF spectators watch. VS airmen presenting squadron standard for last time, vicar Reverend Simons (sp?) blesses it. CU airman, pan to RAF ensign. CU vicar wearing medals. MS wartime planes: a Spitfire and a Hurricane. Officer gives speech to airmen. Various shots of march past by airmen, Air Chief Marshal Thomas Pike. Ceremony takes place in heavy rain salute, press photographers take pictures. MS modern aeroplanes on runway. MS gates with "RAF" on closing.
Intertitle reads: "Cement Mermaids".
Dockett Eddy Point, Weybridge, Surrey. Various shots of life-sized models of mermaids and sexy women made by Bernard Jepson to decorate his garden by the River Thames. This section is same as story in CP 033 from 15/08/1955. For further details please see record for film id 33.09.
Intertitle reads: "RAF Leave Centre".
RAF rest centre at "Elyssian" (sp.?) at Penang, Malaya (Malaysia). Various shots of two WAAFs (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) in back of van being driven to rest centre. The WAAFs get out of van and meet woman in doorway of hotel / rest centre. Various shots of two RAF airmen and the WAAFs walking into countryside. Various shots of the WAAFs and airmen on beach with white sand and palm trees, some of airmen take canoe out to sea, one of the airmen smashes open coconut and gives it to the WAAFs to drink.