Super 8 Stories: BB Trip to the Isle of Man



Belfast, Isle of Man




24 October 2004 (first transmission)


04min 16sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Ernie Whitten

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In the harsh world of post-war Belfast, with rationing stretching into the 1950s, the Boy's Brigade offered a welcome chance for local working class boys to escape to, what seemed like then, the far-off shores of the Isle of Man on a summer camp. Ex-members Ernie Whitte, Bob Torrens and Joe Culbert share their experiences of these trips. This clip appeared in Series 2, Programme 4 of Super 8 Stories.


Architect, Gordon McKnight was inspired to take up amateur film making with 'the arrival of my second daughter in 1953'. Originally working with Standard 8mm and then moving onto Super 8 when it became available, Gordon had many cameras including the Eumig C3M, a Bolex H8, and a Leicina Super RT1. A member of both the YMCA Cine Club in Belfast and the Donaghadee Camera Club, Gordon was spurred on by the friendly competition of those around him and eventually won the prestigious UK Top 8 competition for a movie he shot on holiday in the Grand Canyon, USA. Gordon’s holiday journeys to destinations around the world acted as the inspiration for many of his films and his memories of viewing his movies include 'showing my family and friends films of my latest travels and my children enjoying watching what they called ‘the old movies’'. Although he gave up recording moving images when video arrived on the scene to concentrate on stills photography and his painting Gordon still often enjoys watching his old movies today. 'My films are probably my most treasured possessions - memories of my family, my travels, my accomplishments - great times'.

Shot List

Boys climbing up a hill, playing in street and playing football match. Uniformed Boys' Brigade march. Boys on deck of boat and scenes of Belfast docks and Harland and Wolfe as the boat leaves Belfast. Boys posing on beach in Isle of Man and playing football. Shots down the aisle of bus as it travels, filled with BB members. Driving past beach. Canoeing on lake, paddling in the sea and diving.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - David Kilpatrick, Kevin McCarthy; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Alan Perry; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editor - Greg Darby; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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