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  • Short Summary

    Mary Churchill inaugurates leave then servicemen have fun on a NAAFI pleasure boat.

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    Unused / unissued material - date and locations unclear or unknown.

    Mary Churchill, in uniform of the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service), walks on board a boat moored at a river. Crowds of servicemen and a handful of girls are sitting on the deck beside a piano - probably a NAAFI club on board a boat.

    Drinks are poured, Mary Churchill makes a speech and everyone cheers. Paperwork states she is inaugurating leave. The boat starts off. A woman plays the bagpipes. Soldiers drink beer. Quintet of musicians in white jackets play jazz. M/S of crates of beer. Soldiers eat sandwiches. Two girls in striped dresses do a little tap dance routine. Everyone applauds.

    The boat comes back to mooring. We can now see it is called 'Southend Belle' - looks like a pleasure cruiser. The men all pile off.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:16:00 / 01:43:50:00
    UN 1161 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    At the end they are disembarking and the sign on the jetty says 'Wirtshaus Schildhorn' and underneath 'Emil Richter'. The seating looks the same as at the start of the film and so this could have been an excursion taken on the Southend Belle from the Shildhorn Inn, in the Grunewald park area of western Berlin.?

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  2. peratcliffe says

    I was at 'Wirtshaus Schildhorn' in September 2016 to confirm that photos I have of my mother taken at the 'Southend Club' in 1946 were indeed taken at the same place. According to my mother's Control Commission for Germany British Element staff guide book, the Naafi-operated Southend Club was at Schildhorn on the Havel river, in the British Sector of Berlin. Evidently the British had requisitioned the restaurant for their own use. The name of the boat 'Southend Belle' and the Naafi flag on it suggest it must have been a pleasure boat operated by the Naafi Southend Club. Halfway through the film a tower appears on the horizon, which is clearly the Grunewaldturm, which stands south of Schildhorn on the eastern side of the Havel. Biographical details of Mary Churchill indicate that she was with her father at the Potsdam Conference in July 1945, which suggests a possible date for the film. 'Wirtshaus Schildhorn' still operates.

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