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Holiday Highlights
Holiday Highlights

Holiday Highlights 1953


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Holiday Highlights 1953

18 mins United Kingdom

This amateur film beautifully captures the highs and lows of a family holiday on the east coast of Yorkshire in the 1950s. Staying at their usual haunt of the Southdown Hotel, Filey, our group of holidaymakers brave the gusty weather to don their swimwear for the typical delights of the beach, and make a record of many of the interesting places on their journey from Elland, including Whitby and Sledmere.

This film was made by Ted Warburton, an early member of the Halifax Cine Club, who made many fine films, mainly of family, from the end of the war through to the early 1980s. Ted was company secretary of the family mill in Elland from the late forties until about 1960 when, like many other mills, it closed, partly due to subsidised competition from Italy. He also was in charge of sales and when the mill closed he moved to Gannex Coats to be the Industrial Clothing sales manager for some 12 years. He then worked for Wood Harris Ltd in Halifax, uniform and workwear manufacturers, retiring in about 1986.

Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.


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