• Short Summary

    Crazy events at annual Crab Fair include a gurning competition and a smoking contest.

  • Description

    Egremont, Cumberland.

    Parade of the apple cart begins the Crab Fair. Lots of people stand on an open backed lorry throwing apples at the crowd. There is quite a scrum of people trying to catch the apples.

    Climbing the greasy pole is a traditional task. We see a boy working his way up the pole.

    Gurning contest. Various elderly men step up to pull funny faces and the crowds laugh. There are some pretty good ones. The arm of the winner is held aloft.

    A wrestling match is held in a field. Good sound effects over the top, Pathe sound man had fun with this one.

    Pipe smoking contest. A line of men puff away on their pipes trying to be the first to smoke all the tobacco. Good C/Us of the men smoking away. The winner has his arm held up.

    A race is run through the town. We see the winner crossing the line.

    Dog racing. Bets are taken for a "hound trailing" race. C/Us of some of the competitors. A trail is set and the dogs are set off to follow the scent. Various shots of the dogs racing through the countryside with their owners encouraging them on. One of the dogs can't get through a wooden fence and eventually jumps over the top. Various shots of the dogs as they reach the end of the trail.

    Note: good film for showing a few crazy British traditions.

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    Film ID:
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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:25:00 / 01:58:37:00
    CP 742

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