Lyons Corner House waitresses have a sports day - tug of war, hurdles etc.
Filmed at Sudbury in Middlesex.
"Father Time is always after us - not even Methusalah or Fanny Ward can shake him off. But the girls of today are doing their best to give him a race for it." L/S of girls in a hurdling race. They run towards the camera. "A few miles of this exercise per week will keep Father Time a lap behind." M/S of girls jumping hurdles in slow motion - filmed from the side. "Nippies" - and "tres" quick." Low angle of girls running towards a finishing line. They put their hands in the air as the race ends.
"The "Goodnight" race..." Girls crouch down on the starting line, they have to light a candle, put on pyjamas and a hat then run along with the candles. "Girls of the Crinoline Brigade would stand no chance with these modern Amazons..." M/S of a line of girls pulling on a rope in a tug of war. They wear sports skirts and jumpers, striped knee socks and headbands. We see the other team digging in their heels. Various shots of the two teams straining against the rope. "Strenuous work - fighting the battle of health and strength." A female coach encourages her team. L/S of the two teams pulling on the rope. Two girls roll over and one pulls up her socks at the end of the contest.
Was item in Eve's Film Review issue 426.
Note: flash-frame intertitles. The Lyons Corner House waitresses were nicknamed the "Nippies".