Film ID:
YFA 4988



Visitor Tabs


This is a film from the Alan Neal collection of films of Scarborough, which show many of its most popular places from the late 1960s, as well as providing a glimpse into everyday life and visitors enjoying the attractions.  These include Cowboy City, motorcycle racing at Oliver’s Mount, water skiing on the Mere, and an England v the Rest of the World cricket match.

People are out on boats in Peasholm Park, while others are on an artificial ski slope, including children sliding down on toboggans.  The film switches to North Bay and people paddling in the sea and sitting on deckchairs.  Next it’s onto the Central Railway Station before showing a cottage in the distance and wildflowers.  Then to people walking along some streets in Robins Hood’s Bay and on the beach some children watch an artist painting a rowing boat.  Back again to a view over North Bay and people on the beach, reading and snoozing on deckchairs.  There is a view down onto the North Bay from the gardens and the Bean Sheaf Restaurant at Kirkby Misperton, before arriving at Flamingo Land.  Here there are parrots, tigers, lion cubs, giraffes, bears and dolphins.  At Cowboy City, actors put on a Wild West scene for the entertainment of children.  Then there is a view over Scarborough from the War Monument on Oliver’s Mount, and looking down at a small play area and a car park.

The film switches to the miniature railway at Scalby Mills before showing night time views of the illuminations.  Following this, there is amotorcycle and sidecar racing at Oliver’s Mount, as well as solo motorcycle racing.  Spectators check their programmes against the riders as they come round.  The start of one race is shown, with riders pushing and then jumping onto their bikes.  Other riders sit on their bikes before the start of another race, and they are flagged in at the end of the race.  Spectators are sat on the grass bank overlooking the course.

The film switches to water skiing on the Mere, with close up shots of some of the participants, and some filmed from on board the motorboat, and then returns to boats moored off the coast, and sailing boats in the harbour, overlooked by the castle.  The sailing boats are filmed out at sea from on board one of the boats.  People sit outside the Scalby Mills hotel overlooking the sea drinking beer, while others sunbath on the rocks and a woman plays on a one arm bandit.  Children go on many of the rides at Corrigans fairground, including dodgems, a train ride and a ride with comic book characters.  There are more sailing boats out at sea.

In the next portion of the film, there is a cricket match, very likely the September England v the Rest of the World match, played at the North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough, showing Gary Sobers bowling, possibly to Roger Prideaux or Colin Milburn.  The scoreboard shows the first innings, with England on 130 for 2 (Geoff Boycott should be at the crease).  Then the film switches to gorse blowing in the wind on the Yorkshire moors, before returning to children on rides, starting with a girl on a horse ride, and children on large and small swinging boats.  Then various shop signs are shown, including one for the ‘Fish Pan, Proprietor H S Hodgson’.   People visit a bingo hall and play on the various games in the penny arcade as the film comes to an end.

[on leader, Baillie Ass. Hull-Scarboro' 08/10/68]