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Kent - Crock ‘n’ roll


Series Name
Mining Review 10th Year


Issue No.
Date Released
Jul 1957
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Northumberland - Dedication
  2. 2Kent - Crock ‘n’ roll
  3. 3SONGS OF THE COAL FIELDS: No. 4 - ‘The Plodder Seam’
  4. 4Area Profile: Northumberland. N & C No. 3 - Ashington area


Story No. within this Issue
2 / 4
BFI synopsis: Roller skating hockey team. CU of sign on Herne Bay Pier for ‘skating’. HAS inside the pier where people are roller skating. Ground level shot. A bus, miners alight, MS one of the passengers is Fred Guy, a roller hockey player, injured with a broken leg. The miners cross Chislet colliery yard, two pit wheels seen in background. Fred Guy at home with his family. His mother (?) brings in a tea tray. CU of baby. Men from the Herne Bay hockey team training on the pier. CU of men talking, including Guy. CU of men training, cycling on back, sit ups, skipping etc..Commentary states another player is called Walter Stanman, though it is not made clear if he is filmed. In the dressing room preparing for a match. Entering the ring to play Rochester. Spectators. Shaking hands before the match. The bully off. HAS of game. Spectators. HAS of game. Ground shot of same. Crowd cheer.
NCB Commentary - The Pier Pavillion at Herne Bay is a popular meeting place for East Kent miners and their families.
The roller skating floor is claimed to be one of the best in the country.
Many of the skating rink’s patrons come from nearby Chislet Colliery.
Before a broken leg laid him low, Fred Guy, Chislet Colliery face measure, was one of the big attractions at Herne Bay.
Fred is one of Britain’s hottest men on roller skates, when he’s fighting fit.
At home he keeps over 70 trophies won for roller racing and roller hockey.
Out of the game temporarily, he spends more time at home than in the past but you can’t keep him away from the Herne Bay Pier.
The local roller hockey team is one of the top eight in Britain.
Apart from Fred, who has represented Britain internationally 15 times since 1950, another mining international is collier Walter Standen. He keeps goal for the Herne Bay team.
Roller hockey’s a hard game and the boys don heavy leg protection as they kit up before a match against Rochester.
The Herne Bay team are doing all right without their star performer, but they’ll certainly be glad when that broken leg is mended and Fred Guy can once again take his place in their team line-up.
Researcher Comments
Commentary recorded 3rd June 1957.
Sport; Mining
Herne Bay; Kent; England
Written sources
British Film Institute Databases   Used for synopsis
Viewing Copy - bfi screenonline
The National Archives COAL 32   /12 Scripts for Mining Review, 1956-1960
BFI Screenonline synopsis   ID No.1233287
Production Co.
Documentary Technicians Alliance
National Coal Board

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