Most of this footage was recorded by John Irvine, with some additional filming by his brother Derek between 1959 and 1961. In John’s role as teacher at Forrester High School (Edinburgh) he took parties of school kids to Shetland every summer on outdoor education trips. This footage follows the pupils as they attend the 1960 Sandwick Regatta.

Film-maker: John Irvine

Donated by John, Derek and Isobel Irvine.

Memories of the sports on Regatta days all around the County are brought to life in this short film. Swimming, water sports, races, tug o' war and the like with many recognisable faces and views of Sandsayre and Sand Lodge grounds.

Aside from the sailing events, it's interesting to see the children taking part in a traditional barrel race and land sports in the grounds of Sandlodge. A great day out for everyone!

As I'm from Sandwick myself, it's interesting to see footage of the community regatta over the decades. It was always a big part of the village social calendar and a good time to bring people together.

00:00:00The Sandwick Regatta 1960. Boats tied up at Sandsayre pier.
00:00:14Police man kicks a ball up from the beach. Boats sailing.
00:00:19Swimming race, with men in rowing boats. John’s pupils win the race.
00:00:49Pupils take part in the barrel race.
00:01:20Boats sailing, locals watching from pier, boy retrieving ball from sea.
00:01:36Boys around fire on beach.
00:01:45Children taking part in races in the grounds of Sandlodge House. Others watching, some eating snacks.
00:03:04Children eating snacks with food vehicle in the background. Locals watching the races.
00:03:31Children taking part in tug of war.
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