• Short Summary

    An ex- Battle of Britain pilot now has the unusual occupation of running a mushroom farm.

  • Description

    Eastry, Kent.

    L/S of a family in a long garden with a house in the background. They are Wing Commander Stanford Tuck who flew in the Battle of Britain, and his wife Joyce and two sons, Simon and Michael. Joyce is taking cuttings and Tuck is showing his two sons how to shoot on a miniature range. M/S of Tuck and the boys all holding guns, he explains something to them and they both take aim. M/S of the light bulbs they are firing at.

    C/U of Tuck looking upwards, the camera pans up to the sky. There is then some black and white footage of British planes flying in formation overhead, and some fighter planes filmed from the air. A pilot bails out of his distressed plane. Back to the present day and the last light bulb is shown breaking.

    C/U of the German Sheepdog Tex getting up and barking. M/S of the family walking along the side of a building, the boys wave goodbye and Tuck and his wife enter. Tuck tells the dog to stay outside.

    M/S of the interior of the building which is a mushroom farm, Tuck owns this profitable business. A man in a vest is seen putting trays onto a conveyor belt, he is Peter Laslett. M/S of Tuck with a bag of seeds. C/U of him scattering the seeds onto the compost trays. C/U of Les Cowdrey's hands mixing the seeds into the trays and pressing them down. C/U of his face while he is doing this. C/U of a shovel digging in a mixture of saturated peat and graded chalk it is brought out and placed on top of the compost mixture.

    M/S of Mrs Betty Austin picking and sorting the mushrooms from a shelf, another woman is next to her doing the same thing. C/U of a hand picking a mushroom. C/U of Betty's face and C/U of her taking the stalk off with a knife and putting it into a box, her hand reaches over and picks another one. C/U of her face again. M/S of the baskets of mushrooms. C/U of Betty putting a mushroom in a basket and lifting the basket out of its tray.

    L/S of lots of baskets of mushrooms on shelves and a table, Joyce, who is wearing glasses, is seen putting a lid on a basket, she then picks up another and weighs it.

    C/U of Joyce weighing a basket, adding another couple of mushrooms and putting the lid on. She secures it with a rubber band and puts it next to the others on the table.

    Exterior. L/S of Tuck with a trolley of mushroom baskets he wheels them round to the back of a van and starts loading them in. The house is in the background. M/S of Joyce getting into the driver's seat, Tuck shuts the door and kisses her through the window, he stands back and waves as she drives off. M/S of him waving again and looking around at the sky.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:31:00 / 01:40:10:00
    CP 195

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