• Short Summary

    A film to advertise Britain's cultural and sporting events - Shakespeare, Wimbledon, Cowes etc. c 1957

  • Description

    Reel 2

    01:45:19 Motor car racing at Aintree. The European Grand Prix. Cars travel around the track at high speed. The Duke of Kent is watching from the Grand Stand. Shots of the crowd. Lots of trackside adverts for companies like 'Dunlop" and 'Firestone'. Two women watch from the pit lane. Car in the pits. Mechanics working on the engine. Two young women in the pit lane. One of them is looking at a stop watch and making notes on a clipboard. Cars zoom past as a driver sits in his car in the pits. More crowd and racing shots. Man waves the chequered flag as car passes the winning line.

    01:46:23 Collection of steam traction engines. Two men wearing flat caps driving their traction engine. Various shots of engines on the move. This traction engine rally is at Elham, Kent. Family watch the engines while seated on the ground. A girl standing on the back of one of the engines tries to pass a stick though a hole above her head. A bucket of water falls over and just misses her. This appears to be some kind of game. The crowd smile. A man tries to do the same and succeeds - that is he stays dry. More traction engines. A group of drivers sit and admire their machines. C/U various parts of the traction engines at work.

    01:47:45 Motorcycle racing in Northern Ireland. A large number of bikes start the race at high speed. This is the Ulster Grand Prix. Lots of motorbikes speeding through country lanes. The crowds sit at the side of the road and look on. (Voice over talks about the Tourist Trophy (TT) races in the Isle of Man - it is unclear whether any of the footage is of the T.T. races). Motorcycle crosses the line to pass the chequered flag.

    01:48:40 Horse and cart crossing over a river on a bridge. Women wearing traditional Welsh national costume. Various shots of women in Welsh national dress at an Eisteddfod. Druids lead out a banner into a stone circle. C/U of various people wearing druid clothing. Druid leads people in song.

    01:49:34 Shots of Henley. C/U flag hanging from oar flying outside building. Shot of the Thames - pleasure cruisers tide up on the near bank, on the far bank are marquees and tents for the Royal Regatta. People walking around tents. Young male rowers collect their oars. People in rowing boats on the River. Men in coloured blazers and caps (rowing types) walking around the regatta. Two men in coxless rowing boat (sculling). Shot of the river - fun fair is visible in the background. People standing in boats shouting at the rowers. Rowing boat goes past (eight rowers and a cox). People sitting down near grandstand. Coxless fours finish race. Man in foreground claps as boats pass. Man gets out of rowing boat. He appears to be a Soviet rower (He is wearing a red vest with a hammer and sickle on it). More crowd scenes.

    01:51:00 Main street in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Three men in sailing gear are walking along. Cowes Harbour - lots of small sailing boats are moored. Men of yachts preparing their boats. Sailing craft moving out of the harbour. Sails are blowing in the breeze as the boats go out to sea. People look on from the balcony of a harbour side building. From the harbour we can see ships sailing past. C/U two women watching (one has binoculars). Row of cannons - one is fired to signal start of race. Yachts at sea in fastnet race. Some of the shots show the poor weather conditions. The seas look quite rough.

    01:53:34 Fireworks released at night at Cowes, Isle of Man. Various shapes, including boats, are outlined in fireworks. Lots of fireworks. Naval battle in fireworks. "Britain is the country where there is always something happening." More fireworks.

    Note: The colour on this reel is quite badly faded.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:19:00 / 01:54:22:00

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