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  • Short Summary

    Swimmers brave the winter weather and cold water of the Serpentine to compete for prizes.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Spartan Serpentine swimmers. Prize day with the all-the-year round swimmers - and before 8 o'clock these wintry mornings too! London.

    M/S as ten swimmers stand on the jetty looking cold, they all dive in when they are ready. M/S of people stood around a table, there is a sign on the front saying 'The Peter Pan Cup' with several trophies behind it. M/S as a man shakes hands with another and presents him with a clock, he takes it away and people applaud. M/S as another man comes up and is presented with a silver tray. A smaller clock to handed to the prize giver. M/S of the three men with their prizes looking pleased with themselves.

    M/S as the swimmers walk along the jetty rubbing their hands to keep warm, the camera pans across the ten of them, they dive in and begin to swim. M/S as they swim up the river. M/S as they are pulled out onto the bank by grabbing hold of a pole. C/U of one of the swimmers in his costume. M/S of the prize table, a man is presented with the smaller clock. M/S of another man, he walks to the table, theatrically twirls his moustache then accepts the big Cup from the prize giver.

    Note: the cuts run from 01:30:39 to the end of the item.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:38:00 / 01:32:13:00
    G 1252

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