|Title ID||6497||Collection ID||906|
|Title||[Brighton scenes; street singer; etc.]|
|Keywords||Beaches Buildings Children Entertainment Performing Arts Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Railway Stations Seaside Resorts Urban Areas|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The seaside town of Brighton features in this amateur film from the early 1970s with intermittent soundtrack and informal commentary.
The film opens with shots of a street entertainer with two parrots standing at the entrance to the Palace Pier. (The film-maker can be heard giving instructions concerning the soundtrack to the film, which was added at a later date and discussing with a friend). A small crowd has assembled around the entertainer who look on as he shows off the parrots. At Peter Pan's playground, children can be seen boarding a miniature train. Elsewhere on Madeira Drive, a horse pulls a carriage with people sitting in it. The film cuts back to the miniature train and there are further shots of horses and carts along Madeira Drive. A man walks beneath the sea wall along the top of the beach, and others can be seen sitting on the beach in the vicinity of the Palace Pier.
Away from the seafront in a park, children are seen playing in a sand pit. A circus is visiting the town and their tents can be seen in the park. Some children pet a miniature horse belonging to the circus - a sign on one of the circus vans reads "Chipperfields".
A building is briefly seen being demolished, together with a succession of shots of buildings in the vicinity of Brighton Station, Queens Road, Clifton Terrace, Dyke Road, North Street, North Road, Bread Street, New Road and Western Road (including the former Boots the chemist building).
The film returns to the seafront with shots looking east towards the marina which is seen under construction. At the Victoria Gardens traffic is seen heading north along Marlborough Place. Vintage vehicles are assembled on Madeira Drive, including double-decker buses and stream traction engines. People wander around looking at them, many of the vehicles have signs with numbers printed on them.
At the boating pool near the on the promenade, children are seen paddling small boats. The West Pier is filmed from the beach - a sign reads "Danger Falling Masonry". Skateboarders show off their skills negotiating some cones positioned on one of the promenade access ramps.
In the final part of the film, a street musician performs in Brighton Square. He plays a guitar and sings. The film-maker attempts to interview the performer who talks about where he has been performing. The narrator concludes the film with shots of the street musician, now seen performing on Union Street.