• Short Summary

    Old men collect seabird eggs from nests on a steep cliff in Yorkshire.

  • Description

    Birds Eggs. Part of the WEIGHT AND SEA issue.


    Various shots of elderly men walking along a cliff path. Commentator explains that "To speed up the wartime food drive" they are off to collect eggs from the cliffside nests of seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and seagulls.

    56-year-old George Tundler (Chandler?) puts on a safety belt and battered policeman's helmet to protect against falling rocks, then is lowered on a rope down the side of the steep cliff to a nest and collects the eggs. M/S of the other old men sitting on the grass and hauling their friend up again. George puts the eggs into a basket.

    Cataloguer's note: music for this item sounds like something from a Hitchcock film!

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    New sound pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:44:00 / 01:27:35:00
    NSP 339

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    I'm very pleased to come across this footage. The man descending the cliffs here at Bempton is my grandfather. (His name is Henry Chandler, not George as stated). I unfortunately never met him, as he died a few years after this was taken. One of the other men in the film is my uncle Frank, one of Henry's sons.

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