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  • Short Summary

    Typical British open-air swimming pool with schoolchildren learning to swim.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Southall, Middlesex

    LS High shot, open air swimming pool, with children in the water at the end nearest camera. MS Children holding onto rail in the shallow end, instructor taps their heads. MS Mothers seated watching their children. MS and CU Children in water at the rail being instructed by man who is standing on the side. CU Instructor. CU Notice saying "Today's temperature is 60 degrees". Various shots of the children dressed in swimming costumes as they do warm up exercises in a field adjoining the pool. CU Instructress demonstrating arm movement. Children swarm towards pool. MS Girls swimming widths with floats. CU Instructor shows front crawl arm. CUs Children stand shivering on side of pool. CUs Children in pool receiving instructions. CU Little girl standing on side watching. MS Mothers sitting watching their children. Various shots as children do a type of "Dog-paddle" to get back to side of pool. MS Instructor helps small boy to dive into pool. CU Back of the instructor showing Southall S.C. on his track suit. LS Pan with teenage boy as he does backstroke up the pool. MS Teenager teaches another smaller boy to swim.

    Note: Date on original paperwork reads: 30/05/1961.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:43:00 / 01:24:50:00
    UN 3502 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    What a great piece of footage, pure nostalgia for me and the many Southall school kids who learnt to swim there whilst perfecting the skill of survival in sub zero temperatures! It was a fantastic place to have on your doorstep, moreso during the summer holidays, we'd be over there from dawn to dusk. Such a shame its value wasn't seen, open air lidos are a real treat now and that could have been a little goldmine. Bring back the days of Middlesex County Council and decent public services|!

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