Title ID 7014Collection ID959
Title[Adur River Bramber to Shoreham Bathtub Race]
Date[ca. 1984]
CollectionGillings Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAccidents Rivers Racing Bridges Animals Boats Water Transport Fancy dress
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNeville Gillings and Michael Gillings
CameraNeville Gillings and Michael Gillings
FormatColour Silent
Duration3 min. 53 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Ardur River Bramber to Shoreham Bathtub Race scenes, filmed by Michael Gillings in the mid 1980s.


Brief animated scenes, featuring a toy figure in a diving costume open the film. Competing vessels are lowered into the water at the start of the Adur River Bramber to Shoreham Bathtub Race. The chaotic race begins, as participants paddle their bathtubs under a bridge. One has been built to look like a whale, with working blow hole and tail, named the 'Dopey Dick'. Others are decorated and painted bright colours, sporting their given name. Many are of simpler design; flotation devices have been attached to the base of a bathtub. Some sink, their owners tipping out the water with buckets or swimming to the river bank. Onlookers watch from the bridge and walk along the bank, following their progress.