• Short Summary

    Annual tug-of-war contest in village of Geddington - the main prize is firkin (72 pints) of ale!

  • Description

    Geddington, Northamptonshire.

    Several shots of river Ise - typical English countryside, green and peaceful. Cut to a L/S of a village. People are gathering around village wall. Among the people on the wall, there is traditionally dressed town clerk reading charter. C/U shot of the face of town clerk reading. M/S of a tractor filled with people. They carry a banner reading "Battle of the Brook - South Side". M/S of another tractor driving through the village with banner reading "Battle of the Brook - North Side".

    This is Battle of the Brook, "an annual tug-of-war contest across the river between men from the North and South side of the village Geddington." The main prize for the contest is firkin of ale - 72 pints of ale!

    M/S of the men getting off tractor being greeted with a drink. A woman stands with a tray full of drinks. Several shots of men drinking. L/S of the crowd around the river. Children hang from the trees. Men from different teams start throwing mud at each other. Several shots of men holding a rope. There is a little barrel in the middle of the rope - symbolising main prize.

    Succession of shots of men pulling rope and audience shouting. Several M/S of people being pulled into river. Men are wearing pyjamas, earrings, women's clothes, funny shirts and hats - quite colourful. Finally, the North wins. Men gathered around the judge and shake hands. Winner takes a little barrel and pours ale into his hat. Man drinks from his hat.

    Note: Mute neg for this story is in cuts.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    89.17
    Media URN:
    1426
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:06:00 / 01:48:01:00
    Canister:
    CP 227

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