Dir: William Hammond
Starring: Hilary Mason and Geoffrey Wearing
Children who use their beach in Devon for racing sand yacht’s discover the Army is about to take over the beach for training
This Children’s Film Foundation adventure was filmed at Croyde on the rugged North Devon coast, and was based on the 1958 book of the same title by Lois Lamplugh. It is unusual for two reasons. The first, is that a grounded vintage wooden railway carriage is used as accomodation in the sand dunes. It is not clear whether this is the family home, or a holiday residence, but it looks very homely if somewhat vunerable. Its provenance requires confirmation. The second surprise is that ex-SR N Class 2-6-0 No.31835 pops up at Heddon Mill Crossing whilst working an Ilfracombe-Barnstaple freight. Lovely stuff indeed! My thanks are extended to Paul Warner for telling me about this little gem.