Film ID:
YFA 3751

OPENING OF THE PLAYFIELD, THORP ARCH

1953

Visitor Tabs

Description

Part of the Wainwright Collection, this film documents the opening of the Playfield, at Thorp Arch. It includes hospitalised children and scenes of the coast.

A large crowd of people are standing in a park where there are seats and swings. There are hospital beds on wheels, with nurses and a couple of marquees. Additionally, there is a long, many seated, rocking horse. Two girls play on the swings, and other children are riding on another long, many seated, swing. Nurses chat with other people gathered, and there is a see-saw. Children are propped up in the hospital beds holding balloons. One child makes her way across on crutches. Other children sit on blankets on the grass. A small girl is in a pram with her teddy bear. A nurse pushes a bed whilst pulling a pram behind her. The other hospital beds are then wheeled away, whilst a brass band play on a raised wooden platform.

The film then switches to show a stretch of water through a tree lined path, with flags and a lighthouse. After a brief look at a village the film ends.