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Holiday in Tenby 1953

From Heywood in Lancashire to a farm near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, for a holiday filled with sandcastles and cattle, hiking and motorbikes.

Home movie 1953 10 mins Silent

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William Healey of Heywood, Lancashire, films his wife and daughters as they take in the beauties of Tenby and then embark on a cliff walk to Monkstone which turns out to be quite a challenge, their bare legs and summer shoes taking a battering! On a sunnier day, William films at ‘Ffynonwen', probably the farm at which they are staying, with its cattle and motorbikes. Before their return home the girls build a big sandcastle on the beach and watch it being consumed by the sea.

William was one of the 3 sons of Percy and Alice Healey, Percy being Chair of Healey Brothers Ltd, a rope and twine manufacturing business started by his grandfather in 1843 with the Cartridge Ropery in Heywood. Percy filmed family holidays in Abersoch and Nefyn (see e.g. ‘Abersoch – The Anchorage') and William films his wife [Florence] Marjorie (nee Etherington) and his 3 daughters enjoying Pembrokeshire. William carried on the family business with his brother Brian, their brother Donald having been killed on the SS Fiscus in 1940. In 1968 the business was acquired by British Ropes Ltd and the ropery is still in operation in Heywood, making e.g. braid and cord for the railways, fire and rescue industries.