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Holywell streets and Bala Sailing Club

Wicker baskets are the main carriers of choice for most of Saturday's shoppers in Holywell, and dinghies are used for racing on Bala Lake.

Home movie 1970 3 mins Silent

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As the town clock indicates, it's 3 o'clock and everyone – young and old - is out on the streets of Holywell, doing their Saturday shopping. Many of the women carry wicker baskets – the age of the plastic bag has not yet dawned! Woolworth's is busy and cauliflowers are available at the greengrocer's for Sunday's lunch. Footage follows of Bala Sailing Club, showing racing on Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) and the smart, modern clubhouse.

This footage was shot by Joseph Cone, of Pentre, Queensferry, Flintshire, a member of Deeside Cine Club (HQ: Rivertown Schoolroom, Shotton) and a provider of film shows locally. He was proprietor of a General Merchant's business, selling hardware, oil and electrical goods and photographic film which he developed and printed.