Lots of unedited material showing Butlin and his wife on holiday in South Africa. c. 1961
Unedited material of Billy Butlin's visit to South Africa c1961. Catalogued from negative on machine that only views in positive so some details unclear.
Reel 1. Men sorting diamonds on a production line - they look through special magnifying glasses as they sort through small piles of gems with tweezers. C/U of man weighing diamonds on small scales. C/U of the scales. C/U of piles of diamonds being moved around - diamonds of various sizes are compared. C/U of pile of diamonds - they fill the screen. Hand picks up one of the diamonds in extreme C/U. Pile of diamonds then moved with small metal tool. Low angle shot of a church. Pan down to Billy Butlin and unidentified vicar - they chat. Same shot repeated. C/U of Butlin talking to vicar. M/S of them walking towards church then through the doorway. L/S of Butlin and another man walking out of a house in an urban area, through the gate and on to the pavement outside. C/U of them chatting. L/S of the church.
Reel 2. Chalet maids stand on the steps leading up to staff quarters at a Butlin's camp. A sign reads: "Staff Only." The girls smile and chat. L/S of children's' funfair rides - small big wheel and slow moving whirligig ride. Children's' train passes by close to the camera and moves off into the distance. Same shot repeated with a different train passing by. M/S of sea breaking onto promenade. Group of Butlin's workers including redcoats and chef walk towards the railings with their arms around each other. They look over the railings at the sea then step back. Same shot repeated. L/S of gardeners at work in the grounds of a Butlin's camp - they tend to a circular flower bed.
Reel 3. C/U of a bare chested man putting on a long sleeved T-shirt - presumably a kind of "wet suit" material. M/S of him putting on diver's equipment. He puts on a mask and snorkel and climbs into a pool of water. C/Us of a turtle swimming underwater. C/Us of various fish swimming underwater. L/S of South African city from high angle. Moving shot of South African street, large buildings - probably offices. C/Us of man seen before putting on his T-shirt. He puts on diver's belt and air canisters in preparation for a dive. Low angle shot of tall building. Pan down to Billy Butlin. Shot of same building with a statue in the foreground - military figure. Pan down to Billy looking up at the statue. Moving shot of a parade of shops - quite an ornate building with a minaret on top. Three people cross the street - the women wearing saris. L/S of people on a beach. Man looks out to sea, woman walks towards camera, children run across shot.
Reel 4. A batman signals for an aircraft to land using paddles. L/S of aircraft taxiing towards the camera. It turns as it approaches. Men run to the plane and place chocks under the front wheels. L/S of people emerging from the plane and walking down the stairway. Some people put up umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun. Billy Butlin is amongst the disembarking passengers. He is met at the bottom of the stairs by an unidentified man. C/U of Butlin and wife - ? shaking hands with two men on the runway. L/S of large crowd sitting on the ground. L/S African tribesmen performing a welcoming dance in traditional costume. Closer shots of some of the men dancing. Various shots of the dancers, spectators stand behind. C/Us of the dancers' feet. C/U of two women spectators smiling. L/S of airfield with aircraft coming in to land. L/S of the stairs being wheeled towards the nose of the plane. L/S of the passengers disembarking - Butlin met at the bottom of the stairs. High angle shot of Butlin and wife walking along runway. C/Us of crowd - some seated, some standing. One member of the crowd holds a guitar. C/U of Butlin (?) and wife seated with others applauding. M/S of African dancers performing traditional dance. L/S of same. L/S of miniature train with many children on board pulling into a station. Shot of same from slightly different angle. C/U of sign above station which reads: Fonteine Fountains. L/S of ornate building with gardens in the foreground. Various shots of the grounds of what is presumably a stately home type of place. Statues and fountains - child kneels on the edge of a pond with fountains in operation. M/S of Billy Butlin leaning on a balustrade looking out on a view of an ornate building and grounds. Man comes into shot and sells him a newspaper or magazine. Repeat of the same shot - paper boy bows extravagantly as Butlin pays him. (Difficult to see the name of the paper as viewing in negative.) L/S of a city street. L/S of the dancers - Billy is dancing with them. He then puts a sash around the neck of one of the dancers. More shots of the dancers performing from various angles.