With its natural charms - not least its three sandy beaches - and numerous crowd-pleasing diversions, Portrush, in County Antrim, is a beloved tourist destination. In this footage we see visitors enjoying many of the entertainments it has to offer, be it the miniature train and Moon Rocket at Barry's Amusements, a frolic in the paddling pool, or donkey ride on one of the pristine beaches.
This material is amongst a wealth of footage that was generated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. This government department had their own staff who documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The department was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This material captures Northern Ireland at an interesting time, post-World War Two and pre-Troubles. These rushes were used in the film 'Through Ulster'.
Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive is a free public access resource for teachers, students, historians and anyone who has an interest in moving images. Spanning from 1897 to the present day, the films in the Digital Film Archive cover all aspects of life in Northern Ireland and includes everything from dramas to documentaries, newsreels and features, animation to amateur footage.