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De La Salle School, Cardiff: Sports Day and Dads' Fishing Trip

Every race has its difficulties – keeping the egg on the spoon, managing a sack with holes in the bottom, running with a piggy-back rider.

Amateur film 1960 6 mins Silent

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Sports Day at the De La Salle School in Cardiff and the white trousers (not part of the everyday uniform for the boys aged 5-11) are pressed and worn for the parade, together with the green blazers and caps trimmed with gold. Flags (Union, Welsh and Vatican) are carried and races run – see the Dads competing with their sons riding piggy-back. The Dads also enjoy a Sea Scout fishing trip, when an elegant paddle steamer and the 'Breaksea' lightship at Rhoose Point are sighted.

The 28th Cardiff (De La Salle) Sea Scouts were based at the city's Bute East Dock and were founded by 'Skip' - Brother Alfred [Herbert Guilfoyle], in 1947. Brother Alfred, a member of the Order of the De La Salle Brothers, was head teacher of the De La Salle (Preparatory) School 1946-62 and 1978-84. There is a memorial to him in St Peter's Church, Roath. William Brenig Jones (1918-78), the film-maker, whose sons attended the school, became Head of Finance at the Welsh Office. He lived with his family – wife Joan Mary (nee Oakey), children Terence and Paul (twins), Carmel and Martin – in a house he had commissioned on King George V Drive in Cardiff, complete with a dark-room as he was a keen photographer.