Title ID 5666Collection ID816
Title[Wedding Scenes; Combe Haven; France]
CollectionDickins Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily life Travel
KeywordsCamping Ceremonies Family Holidays Travel Weddings
LocalBois de Bolounge Coombe Haven Dover Loire Valley Paris
RegionalEast Sussex Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom France Europe
ProductionErnest Dickins
CameraErnest Dickins
ParticipantsErnest Dickins (father)
FormatColour Silent
Duration15 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film combines wedding scenes at the ceremony of two friends of the family in April 1961 with Dickins family holidays to Coombe Haven and France later the same year.


The film opens with scenes from the wedding of family friends in April 1961, at which John Dickins was best man. There are shots of the church and the wedding party posing for photographs. The bride and groom are seen after the ceremony climbing into a wedding car, and there is a shot of the congregation on the church steps. The film then cuts to some images from Coombe Haven Holiday park near Hastings in East Sussex. There are shots of parked cars and caravans, as well as images showing the inside of Ernest Dickins' two Bluebird caravans and the couple having breakfast at the table. We then see images showing some of Ernest Dickins' paintings arranged on easels in a garden, and a brief shot of the Dickins' friends at their home in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

An intertitle appears next, reading 'Holidays in France, 1961' followed by a postcard of Paris. This section of the film begins with cars arriving at Dover harbor, and images shot from the boat. Having arrived in France at the Bois de Bolounge, there are some short scenes showing motor boats on a river or lake next to a campsite. We then see shots from the windscreen of a car driving towards the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. There are also images of the Eiffel Tower from the ground as well from the tower itself, looking across the city towards the Sacre Coeur and down into the gardens below. There are further shots through the car windscreen, as well as of campsites. The family move on to the Loire Valley, and there are images of boats moored in a harbor, the main street of a town and the family seated on the beach and playing football. There is a shot of the holiday makers in the back of their campervan, crockery packed up neatly behind them. The final shot in the film is of a war memorial.