Nice item about the annual hop stringing championship in Kent.
Hop Stringer Championship. Kent.
L/S Hop stringers and the women banders assembling. L/S Pan, man reading the rules to the competitors. M/S Competitors listening. C/U Sign "Hope Stringing Competition". M/S Pan, two women banders walking past camera with lengths of string over their arm. L/S Hand picking up large ball of string pan up to show No.10 putting string in pouch in apron and he lifts his pole off the ground. C/U. Starter blowing whistle. M/S Pan, from starter to stringers, pan up to show string being fixed to overhead lines. L/S Pan from starter to stringers, pan up to show string being fixed to the overhead lines. L/S Pan, last years winner No.8 J. Hook, stringing.
C/U End of pole as it fixes the string to one overhead line, then the pole moves across to another line and string is fixed on that. L/S hook at work, he stops to tie on another ball of string. C/U Hook tying the string, he then moves pole to the ground. C/U As pole puts the string through hook in the ground. C/U Hook at work. C/U Bander at work. L/S Another stringer at work. C/U Bander at work. C/U No.13, R. Weeks stringing. C/U Small boy on ground trying to do damage to string with stick by rubbing the stick up against the string. L/S Some of the competitors drinking after the competition. M/S Winner, No.2 Ted Blunt receiving cup, he then walks towards camera. M/S Other competitors applauding. C/U Ted Blunt drinking from cup.