Film ID:
YFA 2789

LITTLE DENMARK PART 1

1957

Visitor Tabs

Description

A film documenting the work of the R.N.L.I at Flamborough, the film also shows a day in the life of working fishermen out of Flamborough.

The film opens with shots of Flamborough Bay followed by an introduction to the contributors who are shown in close up.

There is footage of the outskirts of Flamborough followed by scenes of the village including St Oswald’s Church, ruins of Flamborough Castle, and the War Memorial where a British Legion Service of Commemoration takes place.  Service members lay a poppy wreath on the memorial.  Views of Flamborough High Street include the Royal Dog and Duck Hotel, and the Ship Hotel.  Many cars can be seen in the village, and a lady walks by pushing a pram. 

The next scene features the Fishermen’s War Memorial and a Flamborough Sword Dance display.  This is followed by a view of Flamborough Head where both the old and new lighthouse can be seen, and the lighthouse keepers are introduced.  Views of South landing and the old lifeboat hut can be seen, and there are families enjoying the sandy beach.

A crowd is gathered at the North Landing for the annual Lifeboat Flag Day.  People in fancy dress and crowds gather to watch the demonstration launch of the lifeboat.  A helicopter drops a flare as part of the event.

The next portion of the film focuses on the fishermen who make their livelihood out of Flamborough.  The day’s catch of crabs and lobsters are hauled up the beach at Flamborough and loaded on to vans.  George Emerson and his brother show us a day in the life of their fishing vessel, the Silver Line.  At sea they haul in baskets of lobsters and crabs.  Back on shore, they bate the lines with mussels and whelks for the next day.  Out on the boat there is long lining for cod and haddock.  The fish are then prepared for gutting, and the livers are kept for cod liver oil.  Seagulls swarm around the boat as it heads for the North Landing to bring in the day’s catch.