Title ID 6050Collection ID848
Title[Holiday Scenes; Reigate Swimming Baths; School Sports Day]
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBeaches Children Swimming Sport Domestic Gardens Leisure Time Activities Youth Beachwear Recreational Facilities
RegionalDevon [?] Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration12 min. 54 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Seaside and domestic scenes precede swimming races and a school sports day in this home movie shot by a member of the North Downs Cinematograph Society in the mid 1930s.


Cows and a calf walk down a path. A man fishes in a river and the fish are laid out on the grass. Residential street scenes follow. A lizard climbs up a suited man's arm. He drinks from a beer bottle, smoking a cigarette. Another joins him, smoking a pipe. A young woman in knitted jumper smiles for the camera and a man performs a Nazi salute in jest for the camera. The family are seen wearing shorts. The sun sets over the countryside. Panning shots take in flower beds in a domestic garden. The sun sets over the beach.

The rest of the film is shot in black in white. Young girls in swimming caps line up along the changing rooms at Reigate public baths to watch a swimming race. Spectators on a platform above applaud the winning girl. The camera follows several girls swimming front crawl from the pool side. Girls dive into the pool from the pool side and diving boards at the deep end.

Races at a school sports day follow. Girls participate in running races, the sack race, skipping competitions, obstacle races and a fancy dress race. Their mothers join them for a race involving sums written on blackboards, held up by the girls. Younger spectators are shown watching the events.

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