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Reference number: 0176

Date: 1956, June 27 - 30

Sponsor: Lyceum Cinema, Dumfries

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 13.04 mins

Description: The pageant and coronation of the Festival Queen, Dumfries.

One of several local topical films made for local exhibitors of the tradition revived in the 1930’s of the Guid Nychburris Day festival.

Credits: Lyceum presents

Shotlist: [shotlisted from VHS at 25fps, manual control track]

(00.00) Lyceum presents Royal Burgh of Dumfries GUID NYCHBURRIS FESTIVAL 27th June - 30th June 1956 (0.24) c/u programme, with picture of 'Queen of the South' (0.33) Lyceum presents GUID NYCHBURRIS FESTIVAL (1.13) gvs of a quiet town centre, Dumfries . Crier makes his way along (1.39) he makes announcement standing on steps with other dignitaries (1.50) toasts are made on horseback, before commencing the Riding of the Marches. One of the men is the Cornet (2.24) the horses and riders leave the town centre (2.36) Cornet presents a floral wreath at war memorial, shot of memorial statue (3.00) the riders leave the town out, passing through wooden 'gate' made out of wood; shot of them returning (3.34) man takes key from cushion and opens Kirkgate Port and ceremony commences to allow the riders through the gates of the town; crowds wave them on (4.08) monument in honour of Robert the Bruce (who captured the Castle of Dumfries and started the war of independence); l/s of the Riders coming on field, flag is raised and bugler sounds the salute (4.43) gvs crowded streets, Dumfries. Procession of children and plenty gvs faces in the crowd (5.52) riders come into the town square at speed; installation of Cornet and the investiture of the Queen of the South at the Midsteeple. Shots of crowds (7.03) shot of Lyceum Cinema float, followed by procession of floats through the town. Various streets are recorded, as well as tracking shots of people spectating on pavements as the floats pass by (8.16) children's fancy dress parade and gvs floats (9.28)

[Please note at actual speed of 18fps, overall running time is just over 13.00 mins]