• Short Summary

    A look at Swiss influences in England - rock climbing, skiing and William Tell style crossbows.

  • Description

    Switzerland, Eridge and Sussex.

    According to this story recent sporting trends seem to have been strongly influenced by the Swiss!

    L/S of snow capped mountains, a cable car passes in the foreground. Panning shot of mountains. M/S of a man rock climbing. Various C/Us of the man finding hand and foot holes is the rock face.

    M/S of a line of young men beside a swimming pool. Dressed in shirt sleeves, an instructor leads them in a series of exercises. Various shots of the men exercising on the parallel bars, hoops and trapeze watched by an instructor.

    L/S of sandstone cliffs in rolling countryside, men can be made out scaling the rock face. C/U of a hand reaching for a grip in a fake rock face. M/S of two men practising climbing on fake rock face built on a metal frame, an instructor shouts instructions from the ground. Various shots of a man abseiling down the climbing wall - with no safety harness!

    Various shots of an instructor in an army beret teaching a group of young men in front of a real rock face. The instructor helps one of the men climb along a low ridge. Various shots of the men and women climbing a rock face, some of the men remain on the ground letting out slack rope. C/Us of the various climbers - all from different walks of life - a school pupil, a police woman cadet. Various C/Us of walking boots and hands finding foot holes in the rock face. Various shots of a man abseiling down the rock face. More shots of young men scaling the cliffs. As one boy lands, an instructor comes over and explains his faults. The instructor then ties the rope around his waist, various shots of the instructor climbing a very difficult rock face.


    M/S of a man sawing a branch off a tree, tilt down to show a dry ski slope being built. Various shots of "nylon bristle mats" being laid in the Crystal Palace Park. M/S of a man coming out of a caravan carrying a pair of skis, he passes several people fixing skis to their boots. Teresa Dredge, ski champion, gives instructions on the slope to a couple of novices. Various shots of learner skiers side stepping up the slope. Various shots of the skiers coming down the slope, some practice jumping.

    Richmond, Surrey.

    C/U of a man's hands carving a flower onto a piece of wood. Kenneth Dendle is a crossbow maker, he is seen examining pieces of his work in different states of completion. Kenneth fits a piece of metal to one of the half finished cross bows. Panning shot along a leather holster containing arrows. Kenneth is seen adding the finishing touches to a lethal looking cross bow, he then takes another crossbow (more ornately carved) and polishes it. C/U of Kenneth fitting a pin with a carved wooden animal head into a cross bow.

    Exterior. M/S of Kenneth firing the ornately carved crossbow. M/S of an arrow hitting a picture of a deer pinned to a tree. C/U of Kenneth taking an arrow from his leather holster, he places it in the bow and fires. C/U of the arrow hitting a picture of a fox.

    Cuts exist - please see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:31:00 / 01:07:05:00
    CP 576

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