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My Holiday Blackpool 1939
War is looming, but the seaside resorts of Lancashire draw the crowds as always.
Home movie 1939 7 mins Silent
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War is looming, but when filmmaker Walter Lynn of Warrington Cine Society records his trip to the seaside, he finds life going on as normal. Donkeys trot along the beaches, hardy souls brave the waves, and the Pleasure Beach is as popular as ever. Mr Lynn completes his film with the launch of the new Fleetwood lifeboat 'Ann Letitia Russell', which, unsurprisingly, draws a crowd of eager onlookers.
Amateur film 1953 28 mins Silent Location: Heywood
The Inskip League of Friendship tackles social isolation for people with physical disabilities.
Amateur film 1949 5 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
With the wind in their sails, international model yacht racers compete on Lancashire's Fylde Coast.
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Amateur film 1940 11 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
A place of quiet appeal: a seaside resort in the shadow of a large and noisy neighbour.
Amateur film 1960 16 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
Behind the scenes in the fishing industry, as the Fylde town supports its trawlermen.
Amateur film 1953 16 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
The place to be in 1953 - the resort with two lighthouses on Lancashire's Fylde Coast.
Amateur film 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Come rain or shine, we're off to the seaside - a trip along the Fylde Coast in all kinds of weather.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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