The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.
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TV mascot Gus Honeybun in Weymouth Christmas Parade
The Royal Marines Band hold a Christmas Parade with Gus Honeybun in Weymouth
News 1980 1 mins Silent
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The Royal Marines Band Service or RMBS join the Royal Navy in holding a Christmas parade through the streets of Weymouth. Westward TV mascot Gus Honeybun takes part in the parade and visits a school for handicapped children to give out Christmas presents.
Gus Honeybun is the station mascot of Westward TV and Televsion South West (TSW) and was for 31 years second only to ‘Sooty and Sweep’. Originally a 5-minute buffer between programmes in 1961, Gus went on to host his own show “Gus Honeybun’s Magic Birthdays” and gained a huge fan base. The South West Film and Television Archive has a Gus Honeybun Suite dedicated to the popular fluffy bunny. Since 1992, Gus' Bunny Rights reside with Flambards in Cornwall.
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Documentary 1980 14 mins Location: Haworth
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Government sponsored film 1977 2 mins Location: Belfast
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Musical 1964 70 mins Location: Liverpool
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Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
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Trick film 1898 1 mins Silent
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Amateur film 1956 4 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
A family holiday to the popular summer retreat on the coast of Dorset.
News 1966 1 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
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News 1966 1 mins Location: Weymouth
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Documentary 1912 3 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
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Promotional 1958 23 mins Location: Weymouth
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Amateur film 1961 7 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
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Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
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