Some highlights from the Lanimer Day procession in Lanark in 1959. (clip - full length available onsite)

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  • Lanarkshire


  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
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  • Leisure and recreation


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  • 1950s

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Reference number: 0087

Date: 1953, June 11

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10 mins

Description: 1953 Lanimer Day celebrations in Lanark includes the float procession, coronation of the Lanimer Queen, and Lord Cornet Town Councillor Macpherson. Many of the floats made for the procession celebrate the recent coronation. Includes sound footage of the 1959 ceremony and procession.

Note: Last section is sound and appears to repeat footage at the start of the film.

Lanark Lanimer is an ancient celebration held within the Royal Burgh of Lanark on the Thursday between the Sixth and Twelfth days of June annually since the year 1140. See website for further information at [last accessed 17/2/2011]

Shotlist: [silent] Credits (0.09) Close-up of Lanimer Queen (0.23) This year's Lanimer Queen Elect is Miss Anne Margaret Downie of Lanark's Grammar Primary School. Gvs crowds outside house as Lanimer Queen gets into her car (1.03) Carrying the Cornet's flag is Town Councillor Gavin B Macpherson of New Lanark, Lord Cornet Elect. Gvs Cornet's retinue in Lanark's High Street, followed by the "birks". Long shot up High Street to procession of floats, including "Flying colours", a maypole; two dancers wearing stags' horns; pipe band; "The Scottish Regalia", a crown with childs' heads forming the jewels; "Royal heritage" (Queens of Scotland?); "Symbol of Unity", a crown; "Wee Willie Winkie" (1.52) Gvs crowds and floats procession (5.34) Lanimer Queen and entourage (6.07) Miss E J Izzard of Lanark performs the crowning ceremony. Shots of same and close-ups of crowds (7.05) [sound] Lanimer Day [1959][superimposed over pictures of procession and shots of another crowning ceremony] Lord Cornet; Provost Stoddart and Baillies; birks (branches of silver birch); float procession (8.55) Lanimer Day Queen, Janina MacLintock is crowned (9.30) [Repeat of silent section] (11.20)