Vale of Leven on the Scottish Screen Archive Website and other Video
This material shows some interesting short film extracts from the Scottish Screen Archive. Many people are still around who will remember the scenes in these films and some of you may even recognise the people in them. Coming from George Street in Bonhill I was particularly interested in the one of Arthur Millar shoeing a dray horse in his smiddy "Doon the Burn". I well remember watching this process as a boy.
We shall possibly develop this page as a source of Vale of Leven video material should enough of it become available so if you have anything suitable please get in touch.
- Blacksmith Arthur Millar fitting a new horse shoe on to horse's hoof, followed by shots of new horse shoes being made in blacksmith's workshop. You can see the horse being led up to the smiddy with Ian McColl's garage in the background. View >
- A light-hearted comedy short about a man who inherits a cabin cruiser and the misadventures he encounters. Featuring Chic Murray. This excerpt was filmed on the River Leven at Balloch and credits are offered to the Loch Lomond Amateur Rowing Club and Leven Cruising Club. View >
- Shots of a gyro boat landing on Loch lomond in 1959.
- A reporter talks to Jay Scott and Fay Lenore about their plans for a hotel at Duck Bay (Duck Bay Marina) and trips to Inchmurrin on Loch Lomond in this clip. View >
- This 10 minute film from 1938 was one of a group of seven documentaries "Scotland for Fitness" made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition under the supervision of John Grierson, the film was part of a campaign to improve the fitness of the Scots. While not directly about the Vale the hiker in the film is seen on the banks of Loch Lomond. View >
- A 14 minute film with shots of hostellers at the Loch Lomond youth hostel, on Ben Lomond and at Luss. View >
- Bowling at Vale of Leven Bowling Club: I came across some interesting film of bowlers on the Vale BC.
It includes the opening of the green and several scenes of bowling action.
The quality is not great but older members should see a few faces that they recognise in the close ups. Is that big Sid Pack wandering up the green?
Note that the titling suggests that this was filmed in 1972 but having been a member back then myself it looks more like the late 50s. In other words not long after the present clubhouse was built. View>