The Church On Tour: First Stop – Butlins!

One of the less explained pieces in the British Pathé film archive, these muted out takes of a 1961 clergy conference by the seaside are a bit of an art-house thriller. Vicars join in with a strange chopsticks dance in front of bemused deckchair stricken tourists, whilst other members of the clergy enjoy a few sherries in a bar with some ladies. Two priests get strangely entangled in a children’s climbing frame and the Bishop of Southwark parades around the seafront looking a bit out of place amongst the crowds of people in beachwear. Great shots of the bishops and priests taking running jumps into swimming pools.

Brilliantly rare footage of Butlins chalets, 1960s holidaymakers and a baffling insight into the Church of England letting their hair down.

Author: British Pathé

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