Robert Manry completed his lone crossing of the Atlantic in Falmouth
British Pathe made numerous news and sport films until the '70s.
While many covered the big events of the day, Pathe were also well known for their quirky stories too.
1942 - Bamboo Harvesting
This lighthearted feature at the height of the Second World War. It shows various shots as people cut down bamboo shoots and load them onto a truck.
They are then stripped down and sawn up. The bamboo is washed to make it smooth then the bundles are loaded onto a truck which drives away.
1950 - Royal Visit to Cornwall
In 1950 the Royal family visited Cornwall and British Pathe captured the occasion for us to enjoy 50 years on. The film shows King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother) talking to tenants on the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, Wadebridge as well as Princess Margaret talking to tenants.
The Royal family also visited the Agricultural Show at Callington and Restormel Castle at Lostwithiel.
to watch the historic occasion.
1965 - Robert Manry arrives in Falmouth
A gallant man in a tiny craft is how the Pathe reporter describes Robert Manry in the 1965 film. Crowds turned out to cheer Robert Manry as he completed his lone crossing of the Atlantic in his small boat 'Tinkerbelle'. The film shows Robert walking up the steps to be greeted by his wife and the Mayor of Falmouth.
to watch the 1965 news report.
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