Film ID: YFA 3368 Video of YFA_3368 Weekend Travels 1957 WEEKEND TRAVELS 1957 Visitor TabsDescription This is a film by Eric Bolderson of a group of friends on a weekend outing to Scarborough. Title - E B Productions Present, Week-End Travels 1957 The film opens with a group of people getting onto a coach, and being seated. The coach party stop off en route for refreshment before carrying on. On arrival in Scarborough, they disembark from the gold and chrome coaches and go to a restaurant for lunch. There is a view over a row of cars overlooking the North Bay. They clamber over the railings onto the beach on the South Bay, with the Ballroom behind them. Two men mess about putting up a deckchair. They all play in a ball game, and there is some mock wrestling. Children are playing in the sand, people are sitting in deckchairs, and other people swimming in the sea. The men all pose in a big group for the camera, and do some wheelbarrow races. The final sequence shows the group return to the coach and the journey back to Castleford. Title - The End, There is also a brief scene of a man from the trip who is asleep on the sofa. He is awoken by another man with a Christmas bell decoration. Context High frolics on the beach that epitomise a typical 1950s British day out at the seaside, before vests and braces went out of fashion. Castleford amateur filmmaker Eric Bolderson filmed several trips to Scarborough in the 1950s. On this occasion a coachload of Eric’s friends join him for a meal out and much larking about on the South Bay. Although all adults, judging by their playful antics on the beach, they seem to have reverted to a second childhood. Eric Bolderson ran a bookies’ in Castleford, following his father, and was well known locally, especially for his sense of humour. In fact his films of the people of Castleford in the 1950s and ‘60s – which he would show in a makeshift cinema in his small attic – seem to reveal a whole town that was able to enjoy life, and many in Castleford are now very grateful that Eric was around to capture this. Of note here is the Ballroom with the architectural arcade on South Bay that can be seen in the background. This doesn’t appear to have been there in 1955, and hasn’t been there for a while.