Cat no. 366

Back to the Sun at Clacton-on-Sea

Running time~9:26 Colour Silent 1952 Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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Holiday scenes at Clacton



This film begins with aerial shots of the sea front and then scenes of the principle streets. There are views of the gardens on the sea front with close up shots of the tulips for which Clacton is famous. At the beach there are shots of a helicopter with Evening Standard on it, flying overhead. The crowded beaches are shown. Holiday makers swim, paddle sunbathe and build sand castles and ride in boats. There are rowing boats on the beach at the tide line and a pleasure boat moored by a jetty in the distance.

The next sequence features many typical seaside holiday amusements including donkey rides, a Punch and Judy Show, a helter-skelter and the Big Dipper. Other amusements and fairground scenes include a model boating lake and a small scale railway.At the swimming pool there are shots of swimming and diving as well as of a beauty contest. There are shots of tennis, advertised as an exhibition by Davies Cup and Wimbledon players. Cricket features. The poster advertises Essex County Cricket Club against both Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. It is not clear which county they are playing in the film. There are shots from the Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club, intercut with scenes from a bowls match. There is a long carnival sequence showing the carnival Queen being crowned and then the floats passing through the streets. There follow scenes of show jumping and of other horse events based in the arena. There are further scenes of the streets and of the flower beds, this time showing roses.The final sequence shows the steamer Queen of the Channel at the end of the pier and then leaving, steaming through the sea.


The first Queen of the Channel was built by Wm Denny & Bros of Dumbarton for the New Medway Steam Packet Co. in 1936. It was 250 feet long, weighed 1,162 tons and carried 1,600 passengers. It was used on the Thames - Clacton route. There were weekly visits from Clacton to Calais, Ostende or Boulogne. In September 1939 the Queen of the Channel was part of a fleet that evacuated children from London to the East Coast. It was lost at Dunkirk. The second Queen of the Channel, featured here, was built in 1949

Featured Organisations:

Essex County Cricket Club; Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club

Featured Events:

Clacton Carnival

Featured Buildings:

Clacton Pier

Clacton Urban District Council

John W. Meacock

Assistant Entertainments & Publicity Manager - E. W. Stephens

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