THE CAMPERS (1960) film no: 3462
This film is part of the Tony Jackson and contains footage of a camping trip made by members of the Morley Cycling Club to various places around Yorkshire. There is a running commentary throughout the entire film (except the film after the closing title) and the voiceover talks about the various locations seen within the film as well as the people.
Title-Morley Cycling Club Film Unit
Title-Colour by Kodachrome
Music by Beethoven
Title-Photography A. Jackson
E. D. Lockwood
Sound and Continuity B. Parkinson
Title-Produced by A. Jackson
Title-Directed by B. Parkinson.
The film opens with shots of tents pitched in a field in Farmdale and lots of people sitting in their tents, playing ball or walking along with their young children. The camera pans around to take in the view of the surrounding countryside. Then the shot cuts to a man standing beside his tent overlooking Lake Derwentwater in Boroughdale (?). The lake is visible in the background and the camera pans around to take in the entire view.
The group of campers cycle away from The Lion, at Blaker Ridge and make their way to Whitby via Castleton. They cycle along an open road and then have to push their bicycles up the hill in order to free wheel down the other side. There are shots of the North Yorkshire countryside, which the voiceover says, are some of the bleakest views in North Yorkshire.
The cyclists continue along up and down into different dales and up the hill to Rosedale and then down into Lindell Bank and on into Glaisdale. John Lockwood and Norman Walsh are at the front of the group. The commentator comments on some of the cyclists that have had to stop at the side of the road in order to fix some punctures; he says that people should invest in some good tyres.
In the following section the cyclists ride along a road beside a lake and the voiceover says that they are approaching Grassmare. They cycle along the edge of a large lake and then there is a shot from above looking down onto the group of cyclists, crossing over a small, wooden bridge around Ambleside. They come across sheep dipping, where the farmer is throwing sheep into a tub of water.
They are in the Swale area and some of the men sit beside the lake and peel potatoes. Then there is along sequence of shots showing the campers carrying water back to camp, boiling potatoes on a gas stove, tins of food being opened and the men sitting at their tents eating their meals. They wash up, wash themselves in the stream and go for a walk. There are panning shots taking in the surrounding fields and mountains.
The next shots show the cyclists packing up their tents and utensils and then cycling off. They push their bikes up a hill and then free wheel down the other side. They arrive into a small town where one of the cyclists goes over to a playing pitch and sits down. There is a brief shot of a man pushing two bikes up a hill.
There is another piece of film after this with lots of footage taken of a road race. Lots of shots of cyclists riding along roads and struggling up hills. Some spectators offer them drinks as they cycle by.
There is a shot of a sign on the side of the road; it reads `Morley Cycling Club Ladies Open'. There is a brief shot of a woman, possibly Beryl Burton, who stands and poses for a camera at the side of the road.
A man comes out of a shed wearing a pair of shorts and smoking a pipe and then the shot cuts to a group of cyclists, including Beryl's husband carrying their daughter Denise, sat in a small chair attached to the rear of his bike. They are cycling onto a road in a town and then out onto an open road where shots are taken from the point of view of one of the cyclists at the back of the group.