Film ID: YFA 3344 Video of YFA 3344_Pleasant Dreams 1955 PLEASANT DREAMS 1955 Visitor TabsDescription Made by Eric Bolderson, this is a film of his family on the beach in Scarborough. Titles: E B Productions Present Pleasant Dreams Colour by Kodachrome The film opens with a bat and ball game with a girl on the beach at Scarborough. There is a couple looking on and others paddling in the sea. Some rowing boats are resting on the beach, with the lighthouse in the background. The beach has a large area of seawater still on it. Children are taking donkey rides across the sands and people are sitting in deckchairs. A man plays football with his son, with 'Corrigan's' Fair across the street. Children are riding on 'boat swings' and playing in the sand. Three women, one Mrs. Irene Bolderson, sit chatting and laughing in deckchairs. Two men and a child play piggy-in-the-middle and one of the women (Mrs Bolderson) gets covered in sand. As the tide comes in the deckchairs get wet and people pack up to leave the beach. Context The relativity of pleasure, as seen with one family escaping Castleford for the delights of a brisk Scarborough beach, sea, and donkey rides. Keen amateur filmmaker Eric Bolderson films one of his many trips to Scarborough in the 1950s; here with his wife Irene, getting covered in sand as she lounges on a deckchair on the South Bay packed with many other holidaymakers trying to stay warm on a blustery day. Meanwhile the children are having a great time playing in their swimwear on the beach, despite the cold. Eric Bolderson ran a bookies’ in Castleford, following his father, and was well known locally, especially for his sense of humour. This shows in many of the films he made in the 1950s and ‘60s, which he would show in a makeshift cinema in his small attic. Eric frequently had trips to Scarborough at this time – this one shortly after Irene had her first child, Janet – and was later to retire there. Perhaps rather surprisingly, among the places that can be seen in the background, the ice cream parlour, Pacittos, is still there (with the same sign) as is Corrigan’s amusement arcade, while Sulman's fancy good shop and the Futurist Theatre were only closed in 2015, as was the life boat house – to be replaced with a new one.