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Broadstairs Beach and Town
These clips, filmed between 1937-39, centre on seaside entertainment in the popular beach resort of Broadstairs in Kent. Viking Bay is packed with day trippers and holiday makers, the busy bandstand, rowing boats for hire and organised swimming races.  Uncle Mack's Minstrels performed on Broadstairs seafront for over 50 years. Established by James Henry Summerson - aka Uncle Mack - they put on shows for crowds of hundreds on the sands, pier and promenade of Broadstairs between 1895 and 1948. Enid's sister Phyllis also features in this film as she sits down in the deckchairs to watch 'Uncle Mack'. Enid herself is seen towards the end playing on the beach with her dog.
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Enid Briggs' Films

Archive Date: 1929 - 1939

All the archive in Wilma de Jong's film 'Back On The Ranch' was shot by Enid Briggs or her sister.

Enid Briggs (1898-1973) is rare early example of a woman amateur film-maker in the 1920s and 30s. She actively recorded events in the region offering portraits of life in Broadstairs and around Kent. 

As well as being a keen filmmaker, Miss Briggs was a passionate horse woman who set up, in 1934, a home for old and retired horses in Broadstairs, called The Ranch.  The Ranch was open for local children to become a 'qualified' horse carer and Miss Briggs trained them herself.

Most of the archive clips here are taken from longer films which cover all aspects of Enids social life in 1930's Broadstairs.

The clip on the site which has been given the title 'Miss Bullock's Fitness Class' is taken from 'Town and Family Scenes at Broadstairs' ID No. 1019. For more information about Miss Briggs films contact Screen Archive South East or visit their website.

Read an interview with Wilma De Jong about this archive

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The Ranch, Broadstairs, Kent.
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Miss Bullock's Fitness Class

Gathering Clover

Off For A Ride

The Ranch

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