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A milling frolic in Newfoundland in 1967

The Story

Codroy is a valley in Newfoundland where the inhabitants trace their roots to France, Ireland, England and Scotland.  CBC cameras have been invited to witness a tradition brought from Scotland -- a milling frolic, where participants gather at a table to beat and shrink a piece of cloth to strengthen it for use for a pair of men’s pants.  They are led in song by Alf Gale, who is seen on his sheep farm and processing the fleece through his father’s carding mill -- the only one in Newfoundland.

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: This Land of Ours
Broadcast Date: Feb. 11, 1967
Narrator: John Foster
Duration: 7:18

Did You know?

• By 1967, the time of the airing of this film, the carding mill was no longer operating on a commercial basis, and was shut down.  In 2000, it became a museum.


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