321 MAY FAIR (Mid 1950s)
Boston Mid 1950s
2 min B/W Silent 9.5mm
Scenes showing the Fair being set up, followed by general views of various rides. Of considerable interest to fairground enthusiasts.
322 MARGARET THATCHER VISITS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE
0.5 min B/W Silent 16mm
News clip showing Mrs Thatcher (as Minister of Education) at Horncastle Residential College. By no means the least interesting feature is her hat.
323 KING’S SCHOOL OTC & SPORTS
2.75 min B/W Silent 16mm
OTC Parade in the school yard. Older boys march past the headmaster. Some much younger cadets, aged about 12, are also seen on parade. A few scenes on the school field follow, with running and high jump. One brief street scene at the end.
324 A WALK BY GRANTHAM CANAL
Grantham c 1928
3.5 min B/W Silent 16mm
Outing by Grantham Kodak Fellowship along the banks of the canal. Main interest is the former swing bridge over the canal, which is seen clearly from several angles, both stationary and in motion. No canal boats are shown, but the costume of those on the outing is of some social interest.
325 LONG SUTTON & SUTTON ST JAMES EVENTS
Long Sutton District 1960/61
5.75 min Colour Silent 8mm
The Sutton St James fete, a good humoured but modest affair, takes place in a field, with a few simple side shows, and stalls improvised from planks and bulb boxes. Main feature is a parade of floral decorated hats. The Long Sutton Agricultural Show was once a major local event; the film shows visitors circulating amongst the Trade stands. Exhibitors have clearly come from a wide area.
326 SUTTON BRIDGE INFANTS SCHOOL
Sutton Bridge 1961/2
3 min Colour Silent 8mm
(1961) Playtime in the school yard, then P.E. and Art classes, also in the yard. (1962) Children in party hats greet Father Christmas in the street outside; further shots in the yard as they leave for home. (The building, in Wharf Street, has since been demolished.)
327 RIVER NENE FROZEN
Sutton Bridge 1963
2 min Colour Silent 8mm
During the severe winter of 1963, the river froze solid. People are seen walking across the ice. The film concludes with views taken as the thaw was beginning.
328 PEELE SCHOOL EVENTS
Long Sutton 1961 - 4
16 min Colour Silent 8mm
Events at the Peele Secondary School include three Annual Boys’ Cross-Country races, two Sports Days with track and field events for both boys and girls, and the inauguration of the new outdoor swimming pool. A woodwork lesson is also seen in progress.
329 GRIMSBY TRAWLERS
Grimsby, North Sea Early 20th Century
4.75 min B/W Silent 35mm
Trawlers at sea, with scenes filmed on board as the catch is hauled in and sorted. Later, the boats are shown returning to port. One of them, the Pharos, registered in 1901, was lost in 1906. Remarkable early footage by an intrepid photographer prepared to operate a hand-turned camera on the swaying deck of a trawler at sea.
330 BUSES AT LINCOLN
4.75 min B/W Silent 16mm from 8mm
Scenes at the Lincoln Bus Depot. After inspecting a damaged bus, mechanics play football in their dinner hour. Later scenes show various types of bus at the depot and in the streets. Finally, with air-raid shelters in the background, passengers board a bus specially decorated to celebrate VJ Day.
331 SKEGNESS HOLIDAY
13 min B/W Silent 9.5mm
Family holiday footage in the usual locations. Other scenes include Carnival floats, the zoo, and a trampoline/trapeze display by The Flying Potters, a family acrobatic team.
332 SKEGNESS ZOO
5.25 min B/W Silent 16mm
The Zoo entrance, followed by many good close-ups of caged animals pacing to and fro. Nowadays, their cramped conditions would be considered an outrage.
333 SKEGNESS SCENES
3.5 min Colour* Silent 16mm
Mainly of interest for its street scenes, taken early in the season, and showing old buses, charabancs, etc. The beach, swimming pool, gardens and boating lake are sparsely populated.
*Colour faded owing to fugitive dyes; best reproduced in B/W
334 SKEGNESS BEACH
3.75 min B/W Silent 16mm
Family scenes on an almost deserted beach, with everyone grimly determined to enjoy themselves. The children play in the sand but keep their pullovers on. Later, everyone goes paddling, including granny dressed in her best hat and fox fur.
335 HARVEST AT SCOPWICK
4 min B/W Silent 16mm
A Claas Combine is seen at work in the fields, with close-ups of its main features. It is said to have been the first of these remarkably compact machines imported into the UK from Germany after the war, and the manufacturer’s son who brought it over is seen riding on top of it. Later, the farmer’s own son, aged 7, drives the tractor and trailer round the field, to collect the grain sacks and straw bales. The interior of the Drier shed is also seen.
336 FARMING SCENES, SCOPWICK
8 min B/W & Colour Silent 16mm
Sheep are fed in a field; pigs and piglets are fed in an outbuilding, and harvesting is seen in progress. Colour scenes include a hay baler at work, and various attempts by inexpert town-dwellers to feed the lambs.
337 LINCOLNSHIRE SHOW YFC FLOATS
6.75 min Colour Silent 16mm
A selection of Young Farmers’ Club floats, entered during the early sixties.
338 VICKERS RESERVE COLLECTION
c12 min B/W & Colour Silent 16mm
Family and domestic scenes with children and adults
339 SPALDING FLOWER PARADE, 1981
5.25 min Colour Silent 16mm
Good scenes filmed from the roadside by a spectator.
340 PEACE CELEBRATIONS
1 min B/W Silent 35mm
Troops and civilians stroll amidst the decorations on St Peters Hill, and gather outside the Picture House.
Note: The Picture House, now demolished, was Grantham’s first purpose-built cinema, and this is the oldest known motion picture footage to feature it.