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International Four Town Competition
Stand well clear for this one - it's competitive brick and rolling pin throwing as the Strouds of the English speaking world come together.
News 1967 1 mins Silent
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A trial of strength between four towns all named Stroud. In 1967 the Gloucestershire town welcomed athletes from Strouds in Canada, Australia and the USA. And the sports chosen? It's got to be brick throwing for the men and, spurning equality of course, rolling pin throwing for the women. The final thrower in this short news item is local legend of the rolling pin, Eunice Guy, a one time world champion in this fringe of fringe sports.
The Flaming Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary
News 1978 2 mins Silent Location: Ottery St Mary
Unique tradition of Ottery St Mary’s flaming tar barrels rolls on
Sports Day Races on Plymouth Hoe
News 1961 1 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Sports Day on Plymouth Hoe as children and parents find their feet
Amateur film 1976 4 mins Silent
From the decade that style forgot - it's the 1976 Portsmouth and Southsea Pram-Olympics!
Plymouth's Pram Derby 1923
Non-Fiction 1923 3 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Get that Kruschen Feeling! Pram race to fundraise for the Palace Theatre
Champion Onion Peeler
News 1980 2 mins Location: Wolverley
Wolverley in Worcestershire boasts an unusual British champion with a record that would bring tears to your eyes.
Clive Hall, Llandaf - Sports' Day
Home movie 1947 4 mins Silent Location: Llandaff
Races of all sorts have been arranged for the children at Roald Dahl’s old school in Cardiff – and parents get a chance to race too!
West of England
Industry sponsored film 1951 10 mins Location: Stroud
The Stroud valleys of Gloucestershire in glorious Technicolor - and with a Laurie Lee script.
Owen Humberstone Prosser - Ebbw Vale
Amateur film 1959 16 mins Silent Location: Crumlin
Owen Humberstone Prosser, an expert on railways and canals, captured the Crumlin Viaduct on film in 1959, before its demolition in 1967, a victim of the Beeching rail cuts.
Torture and Pleasure
Current affairs 1980 5 mins Location: Thurlestone
Gerald Haycock embarks on a torture and pleasure weekend and goes from reward-based hard exercise to eating and drinking.
Current affairs 1968 4 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
Charm Hostess and Mannequin School
Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
Current affairs 1969 3 mins Location: Perranporth
Andy Price checks out how to make your own surfboard.
Hafod-y-Ddôl Grammar School, Nantyglo: sports, science and snow
Home movie 1960 8 mins Silent Location: Nantyglo
The sun shines on the school sports, ensuring good trade for the ice-cream vendor; in winter it makes the snow that halts train and car sparkle.
Whirlwinds at RAF St Mawgan
Current affairs 1962 3 mins Location: St Mawgan
RAF 22 Squadron provides air-sea rescue for the South West with new HAR 10 Whirlwind helicopters.
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