Cat no. 6003

Perkins of Peterborough News Review

Running time25:52 Black & White Sound c.1956 Wollaton, Nottinghamshire

Loading the player ...

Newsreel for the staff of F. Perkins Limited.

Genre:

Industrial / Sponsored FilmNewsreelPromotional

Biggest Show in the World:

Royal Agricultural Society's 107th annual show held at Wollaton Park Nottingham in high summer, the largest of its kind in the world. The Perkins stand displays a moving, sectioned engine exhibit, and Massey-Harris-Ferguson show combine harvesters fitted with Perkins tractor-type diesel engines. Also on display, the Bristol 25 tractor fitted, with a Perkins P3 engine. On the Rotary Hoe Ltd. stand, the Platypus L4 powered PD4 crawler tractor, and a smaller Platypus PD2. An Allis Chalmer's tractor incorporates a P-Series Perkins engine. The Road Haulage Association displays a Dodge P6 powered diesel vehicle, while the Automobile Association promotes a Perkins powered caravan. German manufacturers Lanz and Claas show combine harvesters powered by Perkins engines. Marshall's of Gainsborough introduce a new Perkins L4 powered track crawler. The Whitlock's of Essex tractor is P3 powered. Finally, a last look at the Perkins stand showing tractors and sectioned engines.


Further Extensions to Eastfield:

An aerial view of the new Eastfield factory in Peterborough, and general views of work on the building of further extensions, the latest begun in August 1954. The design emphasises a carefully chosen colour scheme, a high airy structure, and glass panels in the roof to admit plenty of natural light. Wood block floor is laid through the entire factory. Positions for machinery are carefully marked out by plant engineers, and machines are assembled in situ. Newly designed crankshaft grinding machinery is put through tool tests. A variety of craftsmen and technicians work on the eleven new bays. The item concludes with an aerial view of the Eastfield site.



Holiday Speed

Crowds of holiday makers on a landing stage at Yarmouth watch as a high-powered speedboat takes to the water with a group of trippers. Powered by twin Perkins S6 marine diesels, the boat affords passengers an exhilarating ride, despite the sea spray soaking their hair and clothes.


Strawberries Galore:

Strawberry pickers in the Fens around Wisbech fill their baskets and take them to be weighed. Each picker's collection is recorded for later payment. The strawberries are packed into wooden trays and stacked ready for transportation to canning factories around the country. A Smedley's lorry is loaded and makes for the main factory at Wisbech, where the fruit is put into cold storage. Fruit is redistributed should the yield surpass capacity to store locally, and Perkins powered vehicles transport the fruit as far as Dundee.

At Dundee, hundreds of women factory workers sort the strawberries in the canning factory. The one-hour process is illustrated: sorting, canning, testing, labelling and packing. Back in the fields, the pickers continue their daily harvesting schedule.

A Day in the Park:

Wicksteed Park, Kettering, and a memorial to the designer and donor of the park, Charles Wicksteed. Children play on the extensive apparatus provided in the park; adults and children take a ride on the miniature lakeside railway. The two locomotives are powered by Perkins P3 diesel engines.

Children drive vehicles around a miniature car track, while others enjoy paddle and rowing boats on the safe shallow pond. The water chute ride attracts many children and adults. The paddling pool provides fun for many others. At the end of the day, one of the two diesel engine trains makes its way through the crowded park.

The Last House:

A group of Perkins employees founded the Peterborough Self Help Housing Society in 1952. A sign for Eastern Avenue locates the houses built by members of the society. A view of the 28, semi-detached completed houses, all occupied except for the last one. The finishing touches are being made to the house. The presentation of the key is made in a marquee erected in the garden. Mr Wilfred Guthrie, a Perkins welder is the new owner. Mr. Luther Jones, Chairman of the Housing Society introduces Lady Benstead, Mayor of Peterborough. Mr. Guthrie opens the front door and invites Lady Benstead inside. Next door, inside the home of the Mawson family, scenes of daily life are played out in various parts of the house. The commentary announces the formation of a second housing association to build a further 28 houses.

Featured People:

Mr Wilfred Guthrie, Perkins Welder; Mr. Luther Jones, Chairman of the Housing Society; Lady Benstead, Mayor of Peterborough.

Featured Organisations:

Massey-Harris-Ferguson; Rotary Hoe Ltd.; Platypus; Allis Chalmer's; The Road Haulage Association; Dodge; Automobile Association; German manufacturers Lanz and Claas; Marshall's of Gainsborough; Whitlock's of Essex; Smedleys; Peterborough Self Help Housing Society

Featured Events:

Presentation of the Key to the Owner of the Last House to be Built by the Peterborough Self Help Housing Society

Featured Buildings:

Eastfield Factory; Smedley Factory, Dundee; Houses Built by the Members of Peterborough Self Help Housing Society

Perkins Engines Film Unit

Gate Studios, Elstree

Frank Phillips

Terms and conditions

The Terms and Conditions apply to the website www.eafa.org.uk (the Website) and by accessing the website you are agreeing to abide by them.

 We may modify the terms and conditions or withdraw or deny access to the Website at any time at our sole discretion.

In your use of the Website you agree not to, at any time:

  1. Conduct or promote any illegal activities
  2. Attempt to reverse engineer or jeopardize in any way the correct functioning of the Website and its services or otherwise attempt to derive the source code or other code or software that enables the operation of this website.
  3. Use any automatic, electronic or manual process not provided by this website to access search or harvest any information from the website or to interfere in any way with its proper functioning.
  4. Mirror or frame the website or any portion thereof, place pop-up windows over its pages or otherwise affect the display of its pages.

Every effort has been made to exclude or flag content that may be upsetting or cause offence and not to include films that are unsuitable, however the East Anglian Film Archive bears no responsibility for people under the age of 18 viewing the Website or for any offence that may be caused by people viewing the Website. If you feel that some items could cause offence please contact us in the first instance. If you would like to have access to any of the films available for purposes not permitted by these Terms and Conditions, including any commercial venture, then please contact us.

Copyright

The content of the Website including but not limited to the text are Copyright © 2011 The East Anglian Film Archive of the University of East Anglia.

The copyright in the original film materials and the digital reproductions of all still and moving images herein and their arrangements in many cases may be owned by a number of parties. Any requests for copyright clearance for use of the material should be directed to the East Anglian Film Archive in the first instance. It is the requester’s responsibility to obtain such necessary clearance and the East Anglian Film Archive will not be held responsible for any failure on the requester’s part to do so.

The contents on the Website may be accessed as view only and purely for non commercial personal, educational and cultural interest. Under no circumstances shall any content be downloaded, transferred, copied or re-produced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media without the prior written consent of The East Anglian Film Archive.

The East Anglian Film Archive would like to thank those who allowed copyright permission for the use and display of works that appear on this site.

Disclaimer

The East Anglian Film Archive has made every reasonable effort to locate, contact and acknowledge copyright owners. There are a small number of cases where, despite our efforts, the copyright owner has not been identified. In these cases, we welcome contact from copyright owners and will take immediate action to gain any appropriate clearances or remove the items if requested.

We do not guarantee that the Website will be compatible with any and all hardware or software which you may use nor that the Website will be available all of the time or at any specific times.

The East Anglian Film Archive makes no warranty that the Website is free from computer viruses or any other malicious or impairing computer program.

The Website contains links to other websites with their own terms and conditions. The East Anglian Film Archive is not responsible for the terms and conditions of these websites.

Accuracy

The East Anglian Film Archive is committed to a high standard of quality in all its work and with this in mind every attempt has been made to present up to date and accurate information on this website. However, visitors need to bear in mind that it is possible that information contained on this website may be out of date, incomplete, the opinion of the author or the opinion  “of the time” and may contain technical inaccuracies and typographical errors. We accept no responsibility for keeping the information in these pages up to date or liability for not doing so. If you notice information that needs to be updated or corrected, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Personal data

The Website may contain some personal data such as names of film-makers, some film participants etc. We have taken all reasonable care to ensure that we operate within the provisions of data protection legislation. If you believe that any of the data on the Website causes or is likely to cause damage or distress to you or any other living person, please contact us with details.

Liability and indemnification

Any unauthorised use you make of the University of East Anglia or East Anglian Film Archive copyright and/or trademarks will constitute an infringement of the University of East Anglia’s Intellectual Property and may lead to legal action and other such remedies in accordance with the governing law.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the University of East Anglia and its employees, affiliates and students

Except to the extent prohibited by the governing law the University of East Anglia accepts no responsibility for any use you may make of the Website.

The University of East Anglia is only liable to you for direct losses which you may reasonably be expected to suffer where you can show that such losses were as a result of our breach of these terms and conditions. Any implied warranties and conditions are fully excluded.

Our Liability to you shall in no circumstances include any loss of profit or revenue or any other indirect losses you may incur whether foreseen or not.

Governing Law

The Laws of England and Wales shall govern and the Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over

  1. The formation, existence, construction, performance, validity and all other aspects of these terms and conditions whatsoever
  2. Any and all claims made by you or us for any and all breaches acts omissions, misuses, liability and copyright claims as set out in these terms and conditions.

The East Anglian Film Archive is owned and operated by the University of East Anglia

© 2011 The East Anglian Film Archive of the University of East Anglia.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED