• Short Summary

    Skis are made for export to Switzerland at a factory in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

  • Description

    Various M/Ss of Lowestoft, Suffolk: a fishing boat coming into harbour; the harbour with various boats moored; high angle shot of lots of people on bikes followed by cars crossing a swing bridge near a fish restaurant; traffic going around the bend of the fish restaurant street. High angle L/S as the swing bridge starts to move round as commentator tells us the bridge lies between the inner and outer harbours; we see a fishing trawler passing through.

    Commentator talks of the history of this fishing town, then says "What is unexpected is a new industry among men used to building boats - making skis! And even more remarkable, they'll soon be exported to Switzerland!" as we see M/Ss and C/Us of a man making skis; matching lengths of wood, fixing red plastic covers to them and planing off one side of the ski on a machine on his workbench.

    M/Ss of another man who is pasting glue onto lengths of ski wood and plastic and sticking them together to make a 'sandwich' of a spring steel sole, a wood core and a plastic top. He lowers a pressing jig to bond the lengths together, then wheels the whole lot into a separate room where temperatures of 300 degrees and pressures of up to 7 tons are used to assist the process.

    Fade into M/S of the man taking a 'pressed' ski to another worker at a machine who trims the edges; C/U of the ski going through the machine. M/S as the 'pressing' man examines the finished and highly polished ski in the workshop.

    M/S looking down onto the snowy ground at a pair of skis worn by someone just out of shot; L/S of a man skiing down a snowy hill towards us and jumping off a small ski jump. (This piece of footage is probably from CP 275 'Winter Sports'.)

    Note: There are detailed notes on the process on file.
    See Out takes/ cuts on *PM0127* for shots of ski manufacture and Lowestoft harbour.

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    Film ID:
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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:50:00 / 01:48:56:00
    CP 316

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