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When Harry met Carole
Love is the score for tennis doubles partners Carole Rosser and Harry Matheson
Sport 1967 1 mins Silent
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Of course the score is love! Women's tennis professional Carole Rosser marries her Scottish doubles partner Harry Matheson at St Leonard's Church in her hometown of Exeter. They leave the ceremony under an arch of wooden and gut string tennis racquets befitting two tennis champions. This is a take on a traditional guard of honour for service personnel with sabres or swords replaced with racquets. They happily top spin off into their future.
Not such a terrible call. Carole was known for having a competitive spirit on court and partnered Scotsman Harry winning the Scottish Hard Court Championships in 1963, 1965 and 1966. After her marriage Carole went into coaching and in 1983 was appointed at Whitcraigs in Scotland. Harry and Carole's son Ross Matheson went on to play professional tennis and manage the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) at Wimbledon. Game, set, match.
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Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
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Instructional film/TV programme 1974 16 mins
The “voice of wimbledon” Dan Maskell commentates as some of the world's top tennis players show us their moves and tactics on the court.
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent
French tennis legend René Lacoste beats fellow countryman Henri Cochet to the 1928 Wimbledon men’s title
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Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton
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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.
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.
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News 1986 52 mins Location: Plymouth
This documentary charts the progress and challenges of disabled people living in the community.
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News 1962 3 mins Location: Exeter
St Loye's College shows its enabling training courses on offer.
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News 1976 1 mins Silent Location: Exeter
Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education's perform in a fancy dress pageant.
News 1967 1 mins Silent Location: Exeter
Champion swimmer Linda Hockworthy returns to the pool after a recent leg amputation.
St Loye's Toymaker
News 1964 3 mins Location: Exeter
St Loye's College graduate says never say die until you're dead!
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
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U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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