ELEPHANTS ON WHITBY BEACH

ELEPHANTS ON WHITBY BEACH

Thursday, 10 December 2009

THE FISHING PARTY 1972










Originally a radio play starring Wilfred Pickles, The Fishing Party by Peter Terson was screened in 1972 on BBC1 as part of the Play For Today series.

Three Leeds miners played by Brian Glover (Art), Ray Mort (Ern) and
Douglas Livingstone (Abe) arrive in Whitby for a spot of fishing. Filmed entirely on location in the town, the wry script is peppered with superb observation and marvellously written circular dialogue.










Although the scenes of the boat with the miners and a mysterious taciturn fisherman heading out of the harbour are not filmed sequentially (which makes the harbour seem bigger than it really is), we still get a glimpse of Boots' Corner and the old bridge to the East Pier.

Boots' Corner was a group of shops demolished in 1975. It comprised Boots' chemists, Whitby Fish Sales and The Yorkshire Bank. The buildings were on the right hand side of the bridge as you cross from the west side.
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