• Short Summary

    Army of fruit pickers take train to Kent.

  • Description

    Wisbech, Norfolk.

    Travel shot, from train, of countryside. SV Interior of carriage, various people on their way to the fruit picking. CU Mrs Mary Donovan who has been fruit picking for 50 years. SV Two other women, nearest to camera Mrs Emma Bayman, who has been fruit picking for 35 years. CU Mrs Bayman. SV & SCU Group of young men playing cards. SCU The dog at the card table. SV Sign 'Wisbech East'. GV The train at the platform, people alighting.

    SV People on platform. GV The pickers climbing onto lorries. SCU Pickers seated on back of lorry. SV More pickers getting into another lorry - two shots. SV Lorry moving away. SV Other pickers walking towards lorries. SV Pan, tractor towing a trailer in which pickers are seated. GV Pan, the chalets where the pickers stay. SV A woman and girl entering chalet. SV Other people outside their chalets. SV Interior, man cleaning floor. SV Girls making bed of wooden boxes. GV The chalets.

    GV People picking gooseberries. CU Girl picking. GV Picking in progress. CU Woman. CU Hands as they pick gooseberries. CU Woman picking. SV Small boys picking. SV Machine that sorts out the leaves and stalks as girl brings basket of gooseberries to be weighed. CU Basket on scales. SV Man at weighing machine hands out discs to the value of the weight. SCU Gooseberries, after going through the machine, coming down chute into sack. SV As man removes the sack which is full and it is loaded onto a lorry. SV Girl bringing basket to be weighed. CU Discs being handed out. SV As the girl receives her disc. GV Pickers at work.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:33:00 / 01:21:20:00

Comments (1)

  1. Ray McLoughlin says

    Great footage. I am writing a thesis on summer fruit picking in Ireland. Has anyone come across any written material, local history or anything about the strawberry picking in Wisbech? I have seen plenty of publications on Hop picking in Kent and some about potato harvesting in Scotland but I am interested in reading about practices in other regions of the UK.

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