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  • Short Summary

    A syndicate of Staffordshire students use a Ouija board to make their pools selection.

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    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Stafford, Staffordshire.

    Various views of the Tudor building in which a seance is taking place to pick numbers for the Football Pools. It is an ancient house built in 1555 and there are shops on the ground floor level.

    Various shots at night, a syndicate of male students, all from the Staffordshire College of Technology, enter the house and go up the stairs (the stairwell is decorated with pinups of girls and posters) to the attic room where the seance is to take place. They enter room and take their seats around table. Various shots, during the session with the Ouija Board. Four of the young men taking part put their little fingers onto a glass in the centre of the table around the table. They close their eyes and the glass moves towards the outside circle of the table where numbered pieces of paper are placed. Students Brian Bates fills in the Pools and Eric Nelson lights some candles. CU Small mask by a slogan "Abandon Hope. CU Glass with students fingers' resting on it. MS Students' faces with their eyes closed as the glass moves. As the glass touches one of the pieces of paper, the number is marked off on the football pools coupon. MSs Other students in the syndicate watching.

    Note: Date on original record: 26/02/1964. Students sitting at the table are, from left to right, Steve Dodgeon, David Jackson (the medium), Adge Staniforth, Tony Smare, Eric Nelson (standing and shouting out the numbers) and Brian Bates (filling in the coupons). The syndicate of 20 had won one first dividend and 11 second dividends in two consecutive weeks. The dope sheet also records that Charles I once stayed at the Ancient High House in which the seance took place, people were imprisoned here during the English Civil War. It is also supposed to be haunted by George Borrow who stayed there in the early 19th century.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:59:00 / 01:27:14:00
    UN 3877 C

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