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Melrose V Kelso 1962 - Earlston Scramble

Amateur footage from two sporting events in the 1960s.

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Rugby match between Melrose and Kelso, and a motorbike scramble across a golf course. This clip opens on a a sign announcing the Burgh of Melrose. A view of Melrose Abbey follows before we cut to some street scenes. We then watch as people begin making their way to watch the rugby match. Footage of the match follows. A newspaper board is shown, with information about an upcoming motorcycle race at the Old Golf Course, Earlston. We see the racers set off and see them again at various points of the track. We watch one of the riders refil an oil tank, before a warning notice - declaring that spectators are admitted at their own risk - is presented. Further race footage follows as we watch one race come to an end, and another begin. Spectators are shown, watching and filming the action. The clip comes to an end with some brief footage of some of the riders at refreshment tents.

Questions & Activities


  • Why is rugby played in winter?
  • Why did rugby become so popular in the Borders?
  • What does the film tell us about life in the Borders in 1962 and how much has life change?
  • What is the significance of the checkered flag?
  • What makes of motorbike can you see? Are they still made today?
  • What vehicles are still manufactured in the UK and what types of vehicles are these?
  • How important is sport in your life?


Sport / Social History: Research the history of rugby as a sport in Scotland and the specific history of Melrose Rugby club.

Media Studies: Add a voiceover to the film.

Social History: Britain used to have a thriving motorcycling industry, discuss why it went into terminal decline.

P.E.: There are two very different sports featured in this film. List some of the sports you know and analyse the different elements and attractions of each.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-369-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 3172
Date 1962
Genre Amateur
School Subject Physical Education, Modern Studies, Media Studies, Social History
Who W. S. Fleming (filmmaker)
Where Melrose
Event Motorcycling
Attributes Colour, Silent
Clip Length 5:49
Film Length 05:49