Film ID:
YFA 67



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'Warship Week' was a week of fundraising efforts in Settle, North Yorkshire, held in order to raise £120,000 to put towards the building of military ships. This film documents some of the week's activities put on by the people of Settle to aid in the war effort.

Title - Settle Films Present Warship Week etc.

The film opens with a march past, which is watched by local Councillors and other dignitaries from the balcony of the Town Hall. The march includes Air Raid Precautions (ARP) units, St John's Ambulance Nurses, and Firemen in their truck as well as Home Guard and servicemen. Many people line the street to watch them. Large snowflakes begin to fall, and there among those lining the streets are nurses which wait outside a shop in the city centre.

On another day, the snow has cleared and it is quite sunny. Again, men give speeches from the balcony, and one of the men moves a boat to the next line on the fundraising board. There is a sign in the background reads 'Our Objective is £120,000' (Settle actually raised £197,000 - Craven Herald 21 May, 1943.)

The local shops and market stalls of Settle are shown. A military band then plays outside the local garage. Other ways to raise money are suggested on boards in the town such as 'Waste paper - turn out your books!' There is footage of the open air market and the different stalls. Many people can be seen shopping, and some of the local shopkeepers take some air outside their shops. There is a brief shot of a group of employees leaving a factory, and a motorcycle convoy makes it way down a winding street outside the centre of town.

Title - And then the band played

Further on in the week, it is now raining in the city centre. There is a brass band playing as part of the fundraising entertainment.

There is footage of the town and surrounding countryside, and factory workers leaving for home. Others take walks in the countryside during their leisure time.

The film closes with footage of men working on railway tracks. They are cleaning way the rocks and debris, and some of the men use a large drill to break up the massive rocks into pieces that can be easily carted away.