Title ID 11617Collection ID1509
TitleHerne Bay Newsreel 1959
CollectionJohn Clague
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionLocal Topical
ThemeLeisure Seaside
KeywordsBoats Carnivals Commemorative Events Fetes Railways Railway Stations Seaside Resorts Sport Trains
LocalHerne Bay
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn Clague
CameraJohn Clague
ParticipantsMr James; Mr Tugwood; Mr Brookes; Mrs Fortune; Stanley Bow; Inspector Setterfield; Mrs Quentin-Evans; Mr J Clague; Stephen Lee
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Duration28 min. 18 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


This is one of a series of newsreels made by John Clague, featuring events in the town of Herne Bay in 1959. The film includes railway electrification arrival in Herne Bay, flats for old people, the new captain of Herne Bay Golf Club, Sea Cadets, Sports, Carnivals and Regattas.


1959 Herne Bay Newsreel by John Clague

Intertitle: Railway Electrification. The arrival of the first electric train in Herne Bay in June is shown together with a brief scene of a steam train going under Greenhill Bridge.

Intertitle: Flats for Old People. Mr James is shown opening the first one bedroom council flats to be erected in Herne Bay at Avenue Road and Pier Avenue. Also shown is Councillor Tugwood, wearing his chain of office, Chairman of Herne Bay Urban District Council, Mr Clague, the architect, Mr Brookes, the builder, Councillor and Mrs Fortune. The group is then seen inspecting the flats.

Intertitle: Golf! 1959 Stanley. A new captain ‘plays himself in’. The new captain Stanley Bow of Herne Bay Golf Club is seen ‘playing himself in’ before retiring to the clubhouse.

The Reculver and Beltinge Memorial Hall is shown in the early stages of construction. The laying of the foundation stone on 21st April 1959 by A.E. Tugwood JP, Chairman of Herne Bay Urban District Council, is shown.

Intertitle: The new hall is opened. In August the hall was complete and is seen being opened by Councillor Tugwood. Mr Clague, the architect, presents the keys.

Intertitle: Sports at Hampton School. The fancy dress parade, including Stephen Lee dressed as an Indian prince, is featured with Mrs Tugwood presenting the prizes watched by Inspector Setterfield who had retired in December 1958.

Intertitle: St Bart’s Church Fete. Various stalls and side shows are featured.

Intertitle: Sea Cadets. The annual inspection of the Sea cadets by the Area Officer.

Intertitle Site of Herne Bay Horse Show Thurs. Aug. 27. Thanet and Herne Harrier’s annual horse show is shown. Several individual events are featured.

The marriage is taking place at Herne Church followed by the reception at Herne Bay Golf Club. As the couple leave the church there is a guard of honour of golf clubs which they walk under.

Intertitle Beltinge Memorial Hall fete. Held, for the first time, adjacent to their new hall. Mrs Quentin-Evans and Mrs Savoury? (17.10) judged the baby show.

Intertitle Cricket. The St Lawrence ground, Canterbury, home of Kent Cricket Club, is shown followed by Hicks Forstall Cricket Ground where Broomfield Women’s Institute are seen playing Hillborough Women’s Institute.

IntertitleThe Herne Bay Sailing Club Firefly Festival August 1959. The Firefly sailing dinghy championship held at Herne Bay Sailing Club is featured.

Scenes include the large crowd gathered to watch, views of the fleet and a few individual dinghies. Prizes presented by Mrs A Tugwood.

Intertitle The Carnival. The annual Carnival featuring the Pearly King and Queen, The Sea Cadet Band with many local town floats including Herne Bay Roller Hockey and Skating, The San Jacinto Jazzclub, Herne Bay Sailing Club, British Red Cross, E.C. Revell

The film concludes with a train leaving Herne Bay railway station.