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Lochgelly Old Age Pensioner's Drive to Crook O' Devon

An outing to the country in 1928

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A local topical film depicting a local charitable event. Crowds line the streets to see Lochgelly's old age pensioners leave on an outing to the Crook of Devon in a convoy of charabancs. This film was commissioned by Tommy Timmons, proprietor of the Cinema de Luxe, Lochgelly and member of the organising committee for the outing. Timmons is supposedly in the film - at the rear of the party wearing a bowler hat.

Questions & Activities


  • What was a charabanc?
  • How has treatment of the elderly changed since then?
  • Who would have paid for an outing like this?
  • Why were so many people there?
  • How old do the old age pensioners look?
  • Why did the cinema owner make this film?


Moving Image Education: Research the history of local topical films. Investigate why they were made, how they were financed and where they were shown.

Social History / Geography: The children in this film look relatively healthy. Compare the health of the children in this film with children shown from the slums of Glasgow at the same time and research the urban/rural health divide in terms of health, diet and employment.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-165-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0960A
Date 1928
Genre Documentary, Local Topical, Sponsored
School Subject Social Studies, History, Media Studies, Religious and Moral Education, Health and Wellbeing
Who Tommy Timmons (sponsor)
Where Lochgelly
Event Holidays
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 4:25
Film Length 04:25