Title ID 4429Collection ID554
Title[Littlehampton & Rustington]
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBridges Houses Harbours Boats Carnivals Parades Cars
LocalLittlehampton Rustington
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRobert Currie
CameraRobert Currie
FormatColour Silent
Duration18 min. 55 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Littlehampton scenes, shot from a moving vehicle and Littlehampton Swing Bridge and from fixed positions at a carnival and the marina, in 1961 by Robert Currie.


Animated plastic letters are arranged to read 'Littlehampton, 1961'. Footage shot from a moving vehicle opens the film. The car moves across Littlehampton Swing Bridge, or Norfolk Bridge, that crossed the Arun, driving into the town. Shops, parked vehicles and pedestrians are passed. The car turns into a drive, where a church is seen. The car passes along residential streets and gardens, all well-kept, where the trees are in blossom. A dove coot is shown. The camera, now at a fixed vantage point, pans across modern block housing developments.

Scenes filmed at a carnival parade follow. A marching band passes. Walking participants wear fancy dress. A horse pulls a wagon and mock-racing boats "rowed" by Hares College. Littlehampton Carnival Queen waves from a float. Further themes include 'My Fair Lady', 'The Blue Lagoon' and 'Keep Fit', for which young women wear beachwear and leotards, smiling from floats decorated with balloons. A Highland marching band passes by. A cow is seen on Mortimers Dairy's float. Young women walk wearing red dresses and white aprons and caps, holding sheaths of wheat. One float reads 'people love players' and another reads 'road safety'. A naval band marches past, leading a Royal Marines float, displaying a large model of a battleship.

Beach and sea scenes follow. Sailing boats glide and turn across the water. Waves draw up the pebble beach. The camera pans across the sea front promenade. Swans are seen by moored boats in the water. Further footage shot from a car window follows, passing along the harbour. Sun shines through dark clouds. The Norfolk Bridge is shown in panning footage and from the top of the structure, with vehicles and pedestrians passing underneath. The bridge swings round on its axis. The river is seen from atop the bridge, looking towards Littlehampton Marina, where ship is moving through, heading towards the bridge. The Jonrix moves past and the bridge swings back, allowing a tractor, cars, bicycles and and buses to cross the river. A boat moves through the town, pulled by a Pickfords truck. The boat reaches the hard, where it is reversed into the water. The word 'End' is seen as letters laid out on the ground by the water.


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