Film: 9290

Places + Locations | 1960 | Sound | Colour

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Holidays in the Canary Islands. Union Castle Line. British United Airways.
BUA British United Airlines airliner taking off from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. Map of Tenerife highlighting the mountain of Teide and the two towns of Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz de Tenerife - the capital of the island. Panoramic view of bay from a high point. People promenade past a cannon, a reminder of a great battle. People leaning over side of cruise ship in harbour. Female tourist shopping for trinkets. A coach driving off. The resort of Puerto de la Cruz. Hotel San Felip - a tall white tourist hotel set back across a road from the sea front. The pool. Flags of various European nations flying. A twin bedded room. Old woman and bikini clad young woman leave room and walk onto balcony. Old woman sits down next to husband. Girl drinks orange juice and looks over balcony. Tennis courts - a doubles game. At poolside, girl rubs sun tan lotion on. She and young man get up from loungers. Young couple play in pool. She is impressed by his high dive. He helps her onto a lilo on the 'Olympic-sized' pool. Sunbathing. Buffet lunch served by smartly dressed waiters and chefs.
Doing tourist things - a postcard carousel, admiring local Tenerife work lace work. A display of cheap booze. We are told 'whisky is only 12 shillings a bottle - now there's something to smile about.' Pretty flowers in botanical gardens. A butterfly resting on flower. Banana growing. Harvesting banana bunches. Tourists eating another lunch. A flamenco dancing display - three women and three men give a good display of flamenco dancing. Young couple hire a red open topped sports car. Couple drive up into hills. They stop so man can take a photograph of a man walking his donkey along the road. An impressive very old tree. View from hills of a coastal village. Fisherman repairing his fishing net. Young tourist couple go on a fishing expedition on a boat. Two men don aqualungs and go snorkelling with harpoon guns. Underwater footage of them swimming about. Man emerges from sea with large skewered fish which he presents to girl. The bright young things in their white slacks and plimsolls get out of their car and run around the 'strange lunar landscape' of the mountain. He carries a picnic hamper.
At Tenerife Airport, the two couples prepare to end their holiday. Young man picks up his British United Airways shoulder bag and the four climb the aircraft steps to their aircraft. Long shot of aircraft on runway. Inside cabin, young woman passenger peers through window. View of mountain from afar.
View of lunch tray from too near. Elderly couple prepare to tuck in to their food. They take glasses of wine from waiter. Everyone smiles as they enjoy their food and wine. Aircraft approaching Gatwick Airport. Taxiing on tarmac. Passenger descending from steps. Smiling air hostess. Hostess using intercom.


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