In this absolutely fantastic day and age when the internet makes nearly everything known. It is indeed a joy to be able to stumble upon little nuggets of pop culture goodness you haven’t seen before. Case in point this 1967 public service announcement. On the subject of road safety and presented by none other than the Caped Crusader. Yes, indeed, the one and only Adam West in Kerb Drill!
At the time of Kerb Drill’s release, the TV series had probably just finished it’s second season. I suppose the World was still riding high on the Bat-mania from after the ’66 series became so immensely popular. As well as Batman: The Movie having been released in the UK in December of 1966. It is no wonder that they recruited Adam West to speak to the kids about road safety. This public service announcement is similar to the Green Cross Code PSA’s that David Prowse would do in 1975.
Within the brief minute long PSA, Batman kindly explains that has taken a quick holiday from Gotham City. To not only visit London of course but crime fighting as well. Although the Caped Crusader wants children to know that there is one danger they can never ignore. That deadly daily danger of so much vehicular traffic! Obviously Batman explains the importance of the Kerb Drill, demonstrating it with the help of some young fans.
Not only is the UK PSA rather charming and delightful, it was also considered to be lost. It was in fact uncovered by the Birmingham based Kaleidoscope organization. A group dedicated to tracking down lost UK television rarities such as this public service announcement. Which they believe has never been seen by the World until it was presented last month.
Ready to travel back to 1967 with Batman and learn all about the Kerb Drill?
[Via] I Am Birmingham