• Short Summary

    Footage of people being interviewed at the closure of the West Ham speedway course.

  • Description

    West Ham speedway closes. (Commentary and interviews by John Stapleton) London.

    Shots of people push starting motorcycles they competitors speed off around track. Spectators look on. Shots of derelict looking buildings nearby to the stadium. The commentator says that many Speedway track are being forced to close due to redevelopment. M/S of woman being interviewed by Stapleton. She says that the impending closure is 'tragic'. Several M/Ss of male fans being interviewed they talk about the achievements of the West Ham speedway teams in the past and the few remaining speedway circuits in London and other past memories. More shots of bikes speeding around circuit.

    M/Ss of Stapleton interviewing former speedway champions of the 1930's. They speak of the dangers involved in the past. How many bones they broke and how many times they fell off etc.. They also talk of sadness at the closure of the circuit. Shots of man waving flag as West Ham bikers cross the line for the last time (sadly they finished second).

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:04:00 / 01:09:58:00
    UN 4592 B

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Several M/Ss of male fans being interviewed" - they're actually West Ham speedway riders. The first is Brian Foote, the second is Kevin Holden, the third is Stan Stevens.

    "Stapleton interviewing former speedway champions of the 1930's" - the first man seen, at 03:06, is Arthur Atkinson.

    Then, at 03:32, the second "golden oldie" interviewed is Harold "Tiger" Stevenson.

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