• Short Summary

    Crowds at Southend, caravan rally, chimps tea party and athletics on Whitsun holiday.

  • Description

    Titles read: "RECORD WHITSUN".

    Various locations of events.

    Aerial view of crowded Southend beach in Essex. Several good shots of people on the beach in swimsuits, jumpers, coats and hats (doesn't look particularly warm). Old man asleep in deckchair. People walk along the prom. Man ogling pretty girl falls over a deckchair. Crowds on the pier. Lecherous man looks through a telescope at two girls in bikinis sunbathing on the beach. Four girls take a ride on a speedboat; their full skirts and petticoats fly up in the breeze to reveal their panties / bikini bottoms.

    At Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire we see various shots of the National Caravan Rally. The Duke of Bedford goes by in his car and waves at camera. Caravaners applaud. Duchess of Bedford presents prize to caravaner. People have picnics and do chores inside and outside their caravans.

    In a garden in Bampton (?) we see a man planting a border while his Alsatian dog digs a large hole. He chases the dog around the garden. A bare-chested man sits in garden deckchair with a newspaper over his head. He is sprayed with a hose by a little girl. At Rednal near Bromsgrove we see a man using a roller-style lawnmower and mopping brow. Then several shots show a radio-controlled lawnmower in action. A man sits reading in a deckchair while his wife sits beside him, operating the contraption (looks a bit like Doctor Who's K9).

    At London Zoo, Regent's Park, we see various shots of a chimpanzee's tea party. A large crowd watches as chimps eat food and are served tea in mugs by their keepers. Chimp poses with hands on top of head.

    At White City Stadium in London we see various shots of the British Games taking place before a large crowd. DH Jones wins 220 yards International Invitation Event. PB Hildreth wins 120 yards hurdles. Mike Rawson wins 880 yards event over Germany, Poland and Hungary runners. Other athletes seen include M Foik, Dave Segal, JL Tait, KH Kruse.

    In Bampton, Oxfordshire, we see various shots of the 'Shirt Race', where men in fancy dress push each other round the town in bathchairs and prams, stopping at each pub on the way so one or the other drinks a pint, then they change places. A crowd of people enjoy the spectacle. The teenaged winners are given a tankard each and five gallons of beer (in a barrel).

    In Paris, France, we see various shots of people looking at an exhibition of 'Cosmic Art'. Dancers perform some modern ballet in front of some of the strange sculptures on show. Good for showing bohemian modern dance. Two beatniks sit on the floor watching. Odd music on soundtrack. Girl dancer walks along on points, bent over. Performance end with a man walking slowly off with the girl wrapped around his body.

    Notes and cuttings on file.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:57:00 / 01:58:50:00

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