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Cricket Match

Brighton Council challenges Laughton House to a cricket match, in Winston Robinson's unique film made only weeks after VE Day

Amateur film 1945 3 mins Silent

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This unique film from Winston Robinson features cricketers in action at Laughton House, near Lewes, barely a few weeks after the end of the war in Europe. We start with views of Laughton House and then move to the pitch where the match is being played. A championship flag is raised to celebrate Laughton House's victory. Some of the cricket sequences are filmed in slow-motion. Lastly, we see the Mayor of Brighton, playing billiards and socialising with friends.

Winston Robinson, who made this film, was at one time, the General Transport Manager for Brighton Corporation. He was able to pursue his film-making hobby right through the Second World War and managed to capture some remarkable scenes showing the aftermath of air-raids on Brighton as well as the many Victory celebrations held throughout the town in 1945.