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  • Short Summary

    Girls swim in Hampstead Heath ponds in very cold weather.

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    Title states "Filmed at Ken Wood" (presumably Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, London). A story about "all-the-year-round bathers."

    M/S of girls in running gear jogging around the side of one of the bathing ponds on Hampstead Heath. The girls wave at the camera. "Air temperature 34 degrees - water 39 degrees - with a permanent sinking feeling in the mercury." A woman in a mackintosh pulls a thermometer out of the water to show the temperature. The girls take off their outer garments to reveal swimsuits. They dive in and we see them splashing and swimming about. M/S of the girls standing together and having a cup of tea. The girls laugh. C/U of one of the girls drinking tea, looking very cold and being rubbed down by another woman - possibly her mother. "Modern Spartans!" A group of the girls link arms and jog up and down. The girls then do leap frogs over each other.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 504.

    Note: flash-frame intertitles. Presumably these are the "ladies' ponds" on Hampstead Heath.

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    Film ID:
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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:51:00 / 01:20:40:00
    EP 205

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