Detail

Title ID 6388Collection ID855
Title[High Diving Display]
Date[ca. 1959]
CollectionBob Burns
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeSeaside Family Life Leisure
KeywordsChildren Family Swimming Sport Performing Arts Beachwear Play Leisure Time Activities
Location
LocalWeston-super-Mare
RegionalSomerset
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionBob Burns
CameraBob Burns
EditorBob Burns
FormatColour Silent
Duration4 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

Scenes filmed at The Tropicana (Weston-super-Mare Lido) in the late 1950s by Bob Burns while on a family holiday to Somerset (also on 6380). Men perform spectacular dives into the pool from George Pollard's 1937 diving boards, arching over the poolside.

Description

At Weston-Super-Mare Lido, Somerset, a man dives backwards from a springboard, somersaulting in the air before plunging into the water. A duo perform dives, one holds the other upside down and in the air from the highest platform. Further spectacular dives are performed. A diver uses a small trampoline to spring upwards into the air from the diving platform. A young girl pushes an older boy into the pool from the side. Spectators stand behind, watching the diving from deck chairs lining the terrace. A boy dives into the blue water of the pool.

A large group of children gather on the beach, looking for gold in the sand. Their parents stand behind a rope circling the 'Gold Rush'. Children play on miniature swing-boat rides on the sand. A horse pulls a carriage and six children, signwritten: "Bonnie Prince Charles" whilst another group of Children ride donkeys across the sand towards the camera, led by older boys.

A man films two women and a baby, sitting in a swing lounger on the patio of a house. A young girl climbs on the fencing, overlooking the countryside. The boy, seen earlier diving into the water, plays a game with his younger sister. The house is seen from a distance in the lower garden. A car sits parked ion a residential street, filled with belongings and the children. River scenes, taken at dusk, follow. A baby leans out his his pram in a garden, his older brother standing by.

Related resources

Websites

Just Add Water

Guardian newspaper article on the highs and lows of British lidos built in the 1930s.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2006/jul/17/architecture.watersportsholidays

Save Saltdean Lido Campaign

For information about Saltdean Lido and latest news on the campaign.
http://www.saltdeanlidocampaign.org/