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Reference number: 9636

Date: 1954c

Director: filmed by Ron Wilson

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 9.28 mins

Description: Amateur footage of summer activities at the Tarlair open-air swimming pool near Macduff.

See also ref. 9633
See refs 9631 - 9636 for the full collection.

Tarlair Pool is in Macduff, a town on the Moray Firth in Aberdeenshire. The pool at Tarlair was opened in 1931. It was one of 169 open air pools, or lidos, built by local councils across the UK in the inter-war period, catering to the new taste for fresh air, swimming and sunbathing. Tarlair featured two sea water pools, one for boating and one for swimming, alongside an Art Deco style pavilion and changing huts. From the 1960s, the growth of cheaper foreign holidays combined with a move by councils to provide heated, indoor pools, led to the decline of lidos. Tarlair closed in 1996. Currently, the pool is regularly used by the Macduff Model Boat Club. The structure was listed as Grade A by Historic Scotland in 2007. [Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/landscapes/tarlair_pool/ last accessed 26/08/2020]

Shotlist: title - credits - Presenting ….. Macduff’s aquatic playground. GVs Tarlair open air swimming pool, people swimming, watersliding, relaxing; One of the finest open-air swimming pools in Scotland; group of swimmers, boys & girls, young & older, performing aquatic feats in front of a large audience seated on terrace seating near the pool; various scenes of pool-side and water activities, rowing boats, diving, sunbathing; gala queen arrives in procession and sits in state; jousting from boats; walking the greasy pole; an announcer using a microphone; synchronised diving; fancy dress/comical costume used by divers; The skirl of pipes announce the arrival of the Banff Pipe Band.; pipe band marching up and down next to the pool; panning shot of the pool from the heights above; The End [over Institute of Amateur Cinematographers crest]