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  • Edinburgh
  • West Lothian


  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Water and waterways


  • Local topical


  • DICKSON, Louis


  • 1950s

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Reference number: 0336

Date: 1950

Director: [filmed by Louis Dickson]

Sponsor: [ Hippodrome Cinema, Bo'ness]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 14.00 mins

Description: Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival in 1950, including the procession and coronation of the Fair Queen Miss Dorothy Angus (from Kinneil School).

Very comprehensive website about the Bo'Ness Fair can be found at at [last accessed 12/2/2018]

In April 2009, the Hippodrome reopened as a working cinema - see for further information. You can also find out about the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival which is held there annually:

Credits: The Hippodrome presents

Shotlist: Credits (0.17); Her Majesty the Queen Miss Dorothy Angus. (0.21) Shot across town to Firth of Forth and general views of town (1.00); Shot of decorated gate of house; group of people and passers-by watching pipe band play in bunting decked street (2.28); Shot of lady in waiting (2.40); Crowd outside building as "Queen" emerges through an elaborately decorated gate; c/u Miss Dorothy Angus and her two page boys; her car drives away (3.55); Dorothy and her retinue; c/u individual fairies; group shot of Queen and flower girls (4.49); Kinneil School Boys standing with their banner (4.56); Shots of procession through streets of Bo'ness (5.58) pan over crowd assembled in park as procession begins to file in (6.20); General views of crowds in park and procession, with ms individual children in fancy dress, crowds in b/ground (7.37) audience in seating before platform, and brass band; fairies, flower girls filing to the platform; views of crowd; Queen and her retinue process under bowers, to platform (9.11); Stage occupied by "Queen" and retinue. Coronation ceremony, presentees filing away from stage; shots of platform party leaving (10.48); Floats procession through crowded streets (11.42); Group outside the Hippodrome, bill posted for 1949 Bo'ness Festival of Queen Margaret (11.47); View of exterior of cinema and of people queuing up and moving in; c/u group of children smallest holding a toy dog (12.24); Shot of the fairground and roundabouts, stalls, amusements and visitors (13.25); ecs (13.31)