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Tennis is a tricky business
Controversy over plans for Hartley Park Tennis Club in Plymouth
Sport 1983 4 mins
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TV reporter Peter Barraclough examines the proposals for Hartley Park Tennis Club in Plymouth. The improved facilities were down to a grant from Plymouth City Council and were aimed at keeping the public courts open. The facility is free but moves for it to be run by a private club, the Carhullen Lawn Tennis Club have some users of the public courts outraged. Carhullen Tennis Club was on the Lockington Avenue site in Hartley and is now part of Hill Lane Tennis Club.
The Hartley Park Tennis club became the St Budeaux Tennis Club and still offers a public court for players as stipulated by Plymouth City Council back in the day. It's a win-win situation. The little wooden hut did not survive as new clubhouses have been built on both sites. Hill Lane Tennis Club was originally set up as a juniors only club to be run by under eighteens and parents had restricted access! Today the club's adult and junior players and parents are welcome on both sites!
Tennis on Film
Sue Barker plays Evonne Goolagong
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Tony Mottram - Tennis Tutorial
Instructional film/TV programme 1960 7 mins
Light on his feet, Tony Mottram shows why he's one of Britain's most influential tennis coaches following a successful career as a tennis pro.
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
How to Improve Your Play
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
Dingles of Plymouth
Advert 1960 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A charming regional commercial for Plymouth’s best loved department store.
Advert 1960 0 mins Location: Plymouth
Help keep your relationship on track by outsourcing your laundry!
Current affairs 1961 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Cruising into the history books SS Liberté makes its final voyage stopping at Plymouth en route to Le Havre.
Model Clipper Sailor
Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
Current affairs 1977 7 mins Location: Plymouth
The skateboard phenomenon is taking off on Plymouth Hoe.
Current affairs 1970 3 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Training centre for film and television engineers shows analogue before digital.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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