• Short Summary

    A new record for the number of people on a single bed is set by grammar school boys!

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    Hampton, Middlesex.

    M/S of a young man in a black teacher's gown working out an algebra sum on a blackboard in the playing field of Hampton Grammar School. Four teenage boys carry an iron bed frame over the field and place it on the ground, then reinforce it with some scaffolding poles.

    M/S of a line of boys walking across the field; each one puts his shoes on a large pile on the ground as he passes; C/U of various different patterned socks as they walk past the camera. Commentator tells us the boys are setting up a new record for the number of persons that can be contained by one single bed.

    The boys then start getting on the bed; the older ones go first; other boys standing by make sure they are squished up together properly. Then more and more boys pile on - it's making me feel a bit queasy! We hear that these boys broke the American record by two people; getting 65 on the bed at their first attempt.

    Some small boys are lifted onto the pile; a school boy in a blazer makes a note of the total. M/S of the total of 94 boys on the bed! The unlucky ones have their classmates grey-socked feet at nose level. Could perhaps be used to illustrate overcrowding in schools or the unusual activities of grammar school boys?

    Note: print used for telecine transfer is quite badly scratched; neg is cut and in bad condition. On file is a page from the Daily Sketch, showing a photograph of the boys' record of 65 on a single bed.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:44:00 / 01:59:46:00
    CP 348

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