Yorkshire Film Archive shows It's a Coast Thing in one-off Scarborough Art Gallery screenings

By Ben Miller | 07 September 2012
A film still showing bathers heading out to see in front of a sandy beach coastline
Bygone tourism office techniques in screenings of Having a Wonderful Time! as part of Heritage Open Days in Scarborough© Yorkshire Film Archive
Heritage Open Days Preview: It's a Coast Thing, Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, September 9 2012

The Yorkshire Film Archive, a charity intent on spotting and protecting films made about the county, have some enviable footage to choose from – egg collectors in Flamborough (known as “climmers”) and the final journey of a Whitby-bound train service, in 1965, are among the films being screened by the group in two afternoon specials for Heritage Open Days.

Having a Wonderful Time!, a promotional film commissioned by tourism enterprisers at the Scarborough Corporation in 1960, sounds certain to hit an uplifting note.

“The films will show changes through the decades,” says Sue Howard, the Director of the Archive.

“We have footage of a military camp at Scarborough just after the First World War, holiday films and the less obvious workings of the Waddington’s Piano Factory.

“We'll also include A Sentimental Journey by Frank Dean – footage of the last ever journey on the Scarborough to Whitby railway line after the Beeching cuts of the 1960s.”

Local skiffle legend Danny Wilde – “skiffle was his bag and Lonnie Donegan his God,” advises one fan page – is one of the popular performers putting in an appearance.

More pictures:

A film still showing a young boy staring across the coast through a massive telescope
© Yorkshire Film Archive
A film still showing an open-top steam engine train transporting passengers through country
© Yorkshire Film Archive
A film still showing a series of boats dotted around a lake during a bygone era
© Yorkshire Film Archive
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