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Llandudno - Gateway to Snowdonia - Library Of Wales Info

Llandudno - Gateway to Snowdonia - Library Of Wales Info cover

You more than likely have seen this promotional film clip on some social media sites recently. However for this showing of the 12 minute 1975 tourist film have sourced the 'official' description from the Llyfrgell Genedlaethol  - National Library of Wales to accompany the clip

Title: Llandudno - Gateway to Snowdonia


Summary: Produced by the British Tourist Authority, in co-operation with Llandudno Urban District Council, to show the town as the ideal holiday destination. 

Introduced to the area with shots of the Snowdon mountain range, accompanied by the Llanddulas Male Voice Choir (singing 'Oes Gafr Eto'), the viewer is taken on a tour of the various attractions the town has to offer, which comprise beach (family groups on sand, some paddling, sun-bathers), town (from the Great Orme), pier, shopping streets, eating out (young and old enjoying meal in restaurants), steamer trips to the Isle of Man (people on board ferry), sailing boats, posters advertising different attractions, bandstand with massed audience (many sitting on hill above), bowls, golf, indoor heated swimming pool (children in pool, couple eating in cafe alongside), sailing, pony trekking (on hills above town), the Great Orme road (hair-pin bends), the Great Orme Railway (shots of the tram on its way up the steep hill), the Great Orme cable car (shots of and from), sheep on the Great Orme (harrassing picnic-ers), sheep dog trials, the Church and graveyard of St Tudno (an open air Sunday service in progress, crowds attending), Lewis Carroll memorial, activities for children (donkey rides on the promenade, pedal boats, boating pool with toy boats, Punch and Judy Show, swing boats, trampolines, mini car track). 

There is also footage of attractions in the surrounding area - Conwy Castle (aerial shots of the castle, showing the three bridges nearby - the suspension bridge, the tubular bridge, the new bridge; the smallest house in Britain, on the quay), mountains and lakes (views, anglers), the Ffestiniog Railway (on board - people in carriage drinking/eating - and views of the route including shot of girl operating level crossing gates), the Snowdon Mountain Railway (a train, walkers and a mountaineer all approaching the summit, views from the top showing Crib Goch), Caernarfon (aerial shots of Caernarfon Castle and town), Bodnant Gardens (including shot of the Laburnum Walk) and Gwydr Castle (building, gardens, peacocks), both near Llanrwst, Swallow Falls at Betws-y-coed, the Welsh Mountain Zoo at Colwyn Bay (sealions, lioness and cubs, elephant, aviary). 

The tour finishes with shots of the town's shopping streets and some of the activities available when the sun goes down (fairground rides, young people dancing in discotheque with DJ). The final shots show the beach, with people sitting in deck-chairs, families playing on the sand, people using a lilo in the sea, the narrator rounding off his commentary with the following: "This, then, is Llandudno, the holiday town, designed as such and dedicated to the renewing of tired bodies, the gateway to the beauties of Snowdonia". 

Publisher: S.l. : British Tourist Authority 

Institution: National Library of Wales 

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Description from the BFI British Film Institute player page

The Llanddulas Male Voice Choir accompanies introductory shots of the mountains of Snowdonia with a rendition of the well-known song ‘Oes Gafr Eto’ [Is there another Goat?], wild goats being a feature of the Great Orme. But Llandudno, as the Urban District Council/British Tourist Authority are at pains to point out, has more than goats for it is “the holiday town, designed as such and dedicated to the renewing of tired bodies” – on beach, on pier, on promenade and beyond.

National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional


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