Film ID:
YFA 1245

SCARBOROUGH FAIR

1973

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Description

The start of this film is missing but from where it begins it depicts a day in Scarborough. The film contains footage of women sun bathing, families on the beach, looking in the shops and on the amusements. It also shows a carnival with the floats and the people in costume. It continues throughout the day showing the fun, lively atmosphere that is to be found in Scarborough and goes right through to show the night clubs and night life that can be enjoyed.

Title-Michael Wallace Film Productions Presents Scarborough Fair.

The film opens with the narrator giving a history of Scarborough Castle complete with views of the Castle. There are many shots of a young woman walking along various parts of Scarborough with music in the background.

Title-Production Assistant-Carol Deacon.

Title-Stan Madej

Title-Photography Michael A. Wallace, Carnival photography, 2nd unit Max Payne, 3rd unit Brian Storry.

There is a shot of a road with big, white, town houses and cars parked all along the side.

Title-Narrator, John Gregson.

Title-Scarborough Fair played by Arthur Fielder & the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Arranged by Simon and Garfunkel.

By permission of Polydor Records Limited & Pattern Music Limited.

Title-`Lady Rose' sung by Mungo Jerry.

Composed by Ray Dorset.

By permission of Pye Records Limited & Our Music Limited.

Title-`Banner Man' by Blue Mink.

Composed by Flower/Gook/Green.

By permission of EMI Records Limited & In Music Limited.

Title-`Douglas' by permission of the Marmalade.

Cut between views of Scarborough and the girl. Couple walking on the beach. Zoom out to reveal a girl looking through a telescope at South Bay, a young boy beside her.

The next shot is taken from a hill looking down onto the crowded beach in the distance.

Title-Written, edited, produced and directed by Michael A. Wallace.

The narrator talks about the history of Scarborough, its Spa, and how it established itself as one of the first resorts for sea bathing. There is a sequence showing crowds of people on the beach, women sun bathing in bikinis, children playing in the sea, elderly people asleep in deck chairs.

The narrator talks about the importance of Scarborough in the time of Cromwell and the civil war. This is accompanied by shots of Scarborough harbour and views of the North Bay, the open air theatre, bathing pools and Peasholme Park.

The film then cuts to Scarborough Carnival. There are many people taking part in the carnival as well as the crowds of the people that are watching it. A procession of Majorettes from Holland walk past the camera, there is a man playing a Swiss Alpine Horn, a Romanian Folk Group sing and dance while people are preparing their floats for the carnival.

Following this are shots of donkey races on the beach and the carnival procession. There are many shots of the carnival floats but in particular one that has been inspired by `Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'; the narrator says that they won the competition for best float.

In another scene there are large crowds of people swimming in the heated North Bay pool. There are more close-up shots of some of the women in the pool and then the scene changes to `Scarborough Zoo and Marineland' where there is a dolphin show, performing parrots, penguins and lamas.

The narrator introduces the three hundred acres of gardens in Scarborough. There are shots of Peasholme Park and the Italian Gardens among others. This is followed by a long sequence of shots of a model boat naval battle on the boating lake in Peasholme Park. The pond-side is crowded with people who watch as some of the ships are `sunk' with gunfire.

A large Hispaniola tall ship sails away from the camera taking people off to explore Treasure Island. The narrator says that it is a 1/4 replica of the ship that Robert Louis Stevenson described in his book `Treasure Island'. The Hispaniola arrives at the Island and children run off to search for treasure.

The next section contains footage of the Water Skiing School with a display by the British junior water ski champion. A young woman water skis and people watch from their deck chairs at the side of the large pond.

Following this are views of the countryside around Scarborough accompanied by the theme tune `An English Country Garden'. An Angler is fishing in a river, and afterwards, he walks towards a hotel. The narrator talks about the many 18th and 19th century houses near Scarborough that have been turned in to luxury hotel; a couple order a drink at the hotel bar. Holiday camps are another form of accommodation near Scarborough and we see views of chalets and caravans.

In the next scene the film moves on to explore the rest of the North Yorkshire coast starting with Filey where there are Cobble boats on the beach and horse riding. Next are shots of Staithes, the original home of Captain Cook as well as the Captain Cook pub and his statue.

In Whitby there are panning shots of Whitby harbour and a crowded Whitby beach. Then there are shots of the ruined Abbey of St Hilda and following is a shot of Robin Hoods Bay and the town. The tour of the coast finishes with a view of Ravenscar, said to be the highest point on the Scarborough coast, and the secluded beach of Hayden Wyck. The film returns to views of the countryside and views of the North Yorks moors national park and the Yorkshire Wolds.

It is now evening in Scarborough and a couple walk along the promenade at sun set. There are views of Scarborough promenade at dusk including Jimmy Corrigan's Fun Fair, the harbour, more views of the fair, two girls on dodgem cars, the Olympia Cinema featuring the Rolling Stones, and the Fun House with fruit machines. There are various signs for evening entertainment including St Nicolas Cocktail Bar with brief shots of people enjoying cocktails. Also, Steak Bar, night club dancers, Fiesta Night Club, and the Royal Hotel where two couples are being served by a waiter.

The film ends with shots of the many views of Scarborough as seen throughout the film; they are accompanied by the theme tune `Banner Man' by Blue Mink.

Title-Scarborough Far.

The End.

1973 Michael Wallace Film Productions.