• Short Summary

    A look at Cuckfield Donkey Races including a sulky race run by the Windmill girls.

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    Cuckfield, Sussex.

    L/S of crowds by a racecourse. M/S of a carriage drawn by two donkeys driving down the course, there are three glamorous young women sat in it. They are Avril Lewis aged 20, Christine Fraser aged 16 and Cynthia Pearl aged 18 from the Windmill theatre in London. C/U of a couple in the crowd watching them, M/S of the girls waving from the carriage. C/U of Bert and Rose Mathews, who are dressed as the Pearly King and Queen, they are the daughter and son in law of the real Pearly King and Queen. M/S as the girls are helped down from the carriage by two men and a woman. M/S of the girls stood with Rose and Bert.

    M/S of 9 year old Ruth Thomas with her donkey 'Whacko' in the paddock, she puts on her hat and starts to lead the donkey out. M/S of the donkeys being led in a line by their jockeys. L/S of people walking past a line of bookmakers. M/S from a low angle of a bookmaker taking a bet from a woman. M/S of a man and woman looking at the form.

    M/S of the man waving the starting flag, M/S of the donkeys starting to race, the camera follows them up the course, most of the riders are children. M/S from low angle of a woman smiling and waving. L/S from behind the spectators of the donkeys as they race past, one child falls off and the donkey runs on. L/S of the donkeys running past the finishing post.

    M/S of Avril and Cynthia getting ready for their sulky race, Avril is pulling on a pair of white boots and Christine is flipping a coin. They are wearing racing outfits adapted to show off a lot of flesh. M/S of the three girls together, Christine flips a coin and they look where it has landed. M/S as Avril and Cynthia get into their sulkies. M/S as Avril's donkey is led round towards the camera.

    M/S of a man in the crowd watching through binoculars. M/S of Cynthia in her trap followed by Avril. C/U of Cynthia smiling, her donkey is called 'Golliwog'. M/S of Avril's donkey 'Midnight'. M/S of Avril smiling. C/U of a little girl in a pointed hat and a boy in a policeman's helmet.

    M/S of the man waving the starting flag. L/S of the donkeys setting off, they race past the camera. M/S of the donkey's head from the point of view of the rider. L/S of the girls racing up the course. M/S of Avril in the lead from Cynthia's point of view. C/U of a young couple in the crowd laughing and waving. M/S of Avril passing the finishing post. C/U of a man in the crowd pushing back his cap and scratching his head. M/S of Avril as she is presented with the winner's rosette, she kisses the man who is presenting it on the cheek. C/U as she attaches it to the front of her blouse.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:39:00 / 01:49:18:00
    CP 142

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