KEVIN DIXON: How Ray Winstone conquered Torbay
The 1979 Torquay-set movie That Summer starred a youthful Ray Winstone, writes local historian Dr Kevin Dixon.
There’s an ongoing debate over whether it was the follow on from the film Scum, with the Ray character just having left a Borstal.
The plot consists of two girls who arrive in Torquay to work as chamber maids for the summer. They meet two boys, also in Torquay for the summer, one of whom (Ray’s character) is entered in the ‘Round the Bay’ swimming race. They come into conflict with a Scottish gang, one member also predictably being in the race.
In a Torquay where every time you go out you meet the same people, various confrontations follow and Ray is framed for a robbery in a chemists’ shop. Ray is arrested just as he is about to start the race, though he manages to escape, joins the race, forces the real villain to confess, and, of course, wins.
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One scene that caused much amusement among locals was filmed in the Pickwick pub. In the film Ray gets a job and accommodation in the Pickwick. He opens his curtains and gets a fine view of Torquay harbour – rather than the back of Primark.
The 400 Club appears, and there are scenes on Oddicombe Beach showing how many people came to Torbay in the past. Also worth mentioning is the fine late 70s soundtrack.
For years this movie was very hard to obtain. However, the whole film can now be seen, though in an episodic form, on YouTube.