• Short Summary

    The making of "silks" for jockeys in Newmarket.

  • Description

    Newmarket, Suffolk.

    C/U of a grey and white jockey shirt and hat which are arranged on a stand. Narrator states that: "Design is the keynote of the way by which we identify jockeys in the field - with the famous colours of the turf."

    C/U of a horses head. Pan down to show two young jockeys straightening the reigns. What is not immediately apparent is that the horse is a model (very realistic!). The jockeys look very young - probably only about 12 or 13, they are named as Wally Swinburn and Charlie Carton (according to paperwork). They are at the workrooms of one of Britain's six professional jockey's colours outfitters. C/U of one of the boys, he smiles. The boys walk towards a workbench where a man is wrapping some "silks" in tissue paper then placing them in boxes. The boys go over and watch him work. One of them helps to wrap them up. C/U of a box being packed. Narrator informs us that jockey's silks are now actually made of nylon.

    M/S of three women at sewing machines working on the silks. C/U of one woman piecing together fabric then M/S of the three at work. One of the women consults a register of designs registered with the Jockey Club. High angle shot of the workshop. Pan down to show the women sewing. M/S of three women at work. Top shot of youngish woman sewing a jockey's jacket. Narrator describes some of the traditions of horse racing in Britain. C/U of drawing of some jockey's colours. M/S of three women sewing. The younger women consults her record book. C/U of women making a jockey's hat. She turns it to check the quality. C/U of a red jockey jacket and white cap on a stand. Camera tilts down. "These then are the jockey's silks" says the narrator, "part of the tradition of the sport of kings, a colourful part of our sporting world."

    Note: names of workers mentioned in paperwork: Mrs Cartwright, Mrs Bebbington and Lilian Pettit. Company featured is Boyce and Rogers. Wally Swinburn aka Walter Swinburn.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    02:02:24:00 / 02:04:26:00
    CP 006

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