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
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBob Burns
CameraBob Burns
EditorBob Burns
FormatColour Silent
Duration4 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


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.


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.

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