Title ID 5802Collection ID828
TitleSouth With Blanco
CollectionWilf Green
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeSeaside Leisure
KeywordsHolidays Beaches Domestic Gardens Transport Women Seaside Resorts Piers Boats Old Age Castles Outings Trains Buildings Theatre Fairgrounds Motor Vehicles
LocalRochester Southend-on-sea London Folkestone
RegionalKent Essex Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWilfred Green
CameraWilfred Green
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows a visit from 'Blanco', (a female family friend/relative ?), and their tour of the South of England across various locations including Rochester, Southend-on-sea, London and Folkestone.


The film starts with a shot of a calendar from 1963, followed by the title: 'South with Blanco'. The opening scenes show a regional country show (Kent?), with shots of cattle, a giant plastic pig, various agricultural businesses and stands including "Sergeant & Parks LTD." and a woman (possibly Blanco?) handing out leaflets to passers by.

This is followed by brief shots of older women talking in the street and at home in the garden. A longer sequence of a boat trip and the sights of Rochester follows; showing the harbour, the passengers on the boat, and views taken from the boat.

Arriving in Southend-on-Sea, the group visit the pier and Kursaal Amusement Park. Following this are further shots of the women talking in a garden and playing with a dog. In London, the group spend time in Trafalgar Square, feeding the pigeons and looking at other local landmarks including the London Palladium theatre and a programme for 'Swing Along, Robert Nesbitt's Revue'.

The next sequence shows the Leas Pavilion in Folkestone, advertising the 'Arthur Brough Players'. The group go swimming and their are views of the funicular railway (Leas lift) and several scenes of the group on the beach and sitting in deck chairs. Several street scenes and views of the crowded beach and promenade follow along with the group boarding a train at Folkestone Central station. The film ends with portrait shots of Blanco, followed by a short sequence of her departing on a coach and an end title.