Film ID:
NEFA 19845



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Home movie produced by Dr H. Brenton Porteous of a family seaside holiday in Cornwall in 1932, staying in Newquay. The film includes footage of the china clay industry in Cornwall.

Scenes recorded include the stay at the Hotel Bristol, where children play with John, the hotel porter, in the garden. Various beach scenes in Cornwall feature the filmmaker's wife in beach attire and swimwear and his son Ian.

Footage of a crashed plane with a woman pilot follows, Dr Winifred Porteous, the filmmaker's wife, called out to help.

A charabanc excursion explores Cornwall and parks up at a roadside.

There are traveling shots from, and excursions on, a sea plane and boat; surfing in the sea; and a shot of the Headlands Hotel.

There is also extensive footage of the china clay industry in Cornwall, where a relative of Ian's grandmother was in charge. The work documented includes hosing down clay, slurry settled in pits, the great beam engine, and drying clay.

Crowds flock to a Punch and Judy show on the beach.

The final shots are of a man with three small girls, possibly his daughters, and overhead shots of Ian in the garden, once again back home in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne.