• Short Summary

    Bavarians get rid of evil spirits, and Britain becomes snowbound for new year 1963.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Farewell old year.

    Germany. M/S people walking towards chalet in Bavarian Alps. C/U snow. Scenic L/S of the Alps with sun setting behind them. L/S as the men walk up to chalet door. Various interior shots as the men clean out pistols and hand-mortars ready to scare away devils and evil spirits for the new year. C/U man blowing down muzzle. Various shots as the men take up their weapons and walk out of the door, a woman blesses them with holy water as they pass. L/S exterior, they fire their pistols into the air and are joined by other men. Various shots as men reload their pistols, C/U of man firing his into the air, L/S as line of men fire a volley into the air. L/S foot of mountains showing fir trees and snow, camera pans up to the summit of mountains.

    Intertitle - 'Britain'. M/S lorry going past camera and revealing a Green Line bus stuck in snow. M/S bus, C/U wheels spinning around. Various shots as men push the bus and finally getting the wheels to grip. M/S small car surrounded by snow, a man is digging away. M/S man digging snow from beneath cars wheels. M/S lorry with snowplough on the front. M/S snow covered road with lorry moving along it. M/S man shovelling grit from the back of lorry onto the road. M/S motorcyclist with his rear wheels spinning in the snow. M/S car almost completely submerged in snow, pan to vehicles going up icy hill. M/S Oxsted railway station. M/S men shovelling snow away from the front of a station. Various shots of train waiting at the platform, it moves away in a cloud of smoke. Various shots of children having fun tobogganing. M/S small boy and dog trudging through deep snow. Various shots of children on their toboggans.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:59:00 / 01:09:07:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    There's currently no location listed for this clip, (other than Germany), however the commentator says that the village seen is "near Berchtesgaden".

    "Green Line bus stuck in snow" - it's an AEC Regal IV.

    All the footage for this second half of the clip seems top have been shot in Surrey. At 01:38 we see the town sign for Caterham (in Surrey).

    "Oxsted" should read Oxted.

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