|Title ID||13120||Collection ID||1200|
|Keywords||Beaches Children Piers Performing Arts Leisure Time Activities Animals Domestic Gardens|
|Format||9.5mm Black & White Silent|
|Duration||01 min 12 sec|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.|
An amateur film of children having a picnic in a back garden followed by scenes on Bognor Regis beach. Children play in the sand and a crowd watch a clown juggling and performing. Bognor pier can be seen in the background and donkeys are led along the beach.
The clown seen performing here is Frank Bale, previously of the entertainment troupe The Royal Zanettos. The Royal Zanettos was the stage name of the Bale family's 'Japanese' juggling act which they performed around the world: once appearing on the same bill in America as Charlie Chaplin. Frank Bale's act often included his performing dog 'Towser'.
Information supplied by Glyn Edwards of the Fedora Group from research undertaken for their 'Stage, Screen & Trench' exhibition at Littlehampton Museum in 2016.