Title ID 4616Collection ID601
TitleBillet Bowl
CollectionEddie Morris (Eastbourne Angling Club)
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Rivers Clubs Hats Winter Weather Sport
LocalWaller's Haven Pevensey Marshes
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEddie Morris
CameraEddie Morris
FormatColour Sound
Duration15 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes filmed at the Compleat Angler Fishing Club of Eastbourne Billet Bowl at Waller's Haven with sarcastic commentary, filmed by Eddie Morris in 1965.


Participants arrive for the fourth round of the Compleat Angler Fishing Club of Eastbourne 1965 Billet Bowl at Waller's Haven, Pevensey Marshes. The narrator and film-maker Eddie Morris explains that snow covers the fields and the river is iced over. 'We ought to see some fun and games,' he says. Then men wear woolly hats, 'all from Woolworths, Marks and Spencers!' They gather for instructions. 'It looks like Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park!' exclaims the narrator. Participants walk out to the river in numerical order; 'I don't know what he's laughing about!' Some break the ice with sticks or pieces of metal, drawing the ice up with landing nets. 'Our Treasurer, Norman' is 'finding it a bit stiff!' Maggots wriggle in a bucket; 'something's showing signs of life!' The men sit by the river in the cold; 'looks's like Siberia to me!' says the narrator. 'Pensive Percy' and Joe are among the men 'still flogging it, a dead horse that is.' One participant lands a catch. It is found to weigh three and a half ounces; 'he really looks proud of himself!' The "winner" takes his cash prize; 'don't it make you sick!' The End.