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Open Cast Mining

Series

Series Name
Mining Review 1st Year

Issue

Issue No.
2
Date Released
Oct 1947
Length of issue (in feet)
924
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Bestwood Training Centre
  2. 2Open Cast Mining
  3. 3Workington Football
  4. 4Welsh Debate

Story

Story No. within this Issue
2 / 4
Summary
BFI synopsis: opencast mining for coal
COI Commentary - It’s Easter in Workington, on the Cumberland Coast, and everyone is waiting for the start of the historic annual football match between the Uppies and the Downies. The kick-off is at six.
These are the miners and sailors of Workington. They’re known as the Uppies and Downies, for originally, the miners came from the upper part of the town, and the sailors down by the docks.
It’s an energetic game to play, yet easy to learn, for there are no rules, no referees and no limit to the numbers who take part.
Anyone can join in! And sometimes hundreds do.
The Uppies try to get the ball home into the grounds of Workington Hall, up in the town, while the Downies have as their goal, a capstan on the dock side ... and these goals are two miles apart.
For nearly two hundred years the game has been played like this, at Easter, yet nobody’s perfectly sure how it originally started.
It’s certainly a boisterous tussle and may last an hour or continue well into the night.
No one is really safe when this game is played - not even the spectators, for the struggle ebbs and flows through the streets and rivers and back gardens. The police put in an appearance just as a matter of form.
And when its all over, those of the winning side who aren’t in hospital have the right to parade the town, with the man who scored the goal, collecting free drinks in the pubs.
And they certainly deserve it.
Keywords
Mining
Written sources
The National Archives INF 6   /387
British Film Institute Databases   Used for synopsis
Viewing Copy - bfi screenonline
Hogenkamp, A. P., unpublished DPhil thesis   pxii.
BFI Screenonline synopsis   ID No.1223396
Credits:
Production Co.
Crown Film Unit
Camera
Denny Densham
Camera
Fred Gamage
Director
Graham Wallace
Cutter
Jocelyn Jackson
Cutter
John Legard
Producer
John Taylor
Commentator
Maurice Denham
Director
Max Anderson
Sponsor
Ministry of Fuel and Power
Sound
W. H. May
Camera
William Chaston

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