Cockle fishermen in action - very skilled men collect cockles with great speed and efficiency.
Southend on Sea, Essex.
L/S of several boats on foreshore. Panning shot follows a nice green fishing boat as it sails. L/S of the three men walking towards the sea. Men get into a little white boat. L/S of the little white boat next to a larger fishing boat. Men get on board. M/S of several men getting the fishing boat moving - they push it off by using poles. M/S of the two men (one is wearing a woollen knitted cap) looking at the sea in front of them.
Men are cockle fishermen, tells the voiceover. M/S of the fishermen getting their nets ready. C/U shot of the face of one of the fishermen. Several shots of fishing boats as they sail. M/S of a man feeling the depth of the water with a long pole. His name is Frank Axcell. C/U shot of the hands lifting the anchor. M/S of man throwing the anchor overboard. L/S of the fishermen (each carrying a couple of baskets tied to a pole on their shoulders) as they walk down plank. M/S of a man walking down plank with the two baskets hanging from the pole on his shoulders.
L/S of the silhouettes of men collecting cockles. M/S of a man raking through the sand, shovelling cockles into his net. C/U shot of his hands and the net filling up quickly. M/S of another man doing the same. M/S of a man emptying his net into basket. C/U shot of cockles being poured into the basket. C/U shot of the two baskets full of cockles being carried across the beach. C/U shot of the face of a man carrying baskets. C/U shot of another man drinking his tea from a white mug. M/S of the man emptying baskets into the boat.
Voiceover talks about speed and efficiency required for this job. The tide changes quickly so the fishermen have limited amount of time for their work. Several shots of the fishermen finishing their work. L/S of the fishing boat as it sails back.