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  • West Lothian


  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Ceremonies
  • Emotions, attitudes and behaviour
  • Leisure and recreation


  • Local topical


  • DICKSON, Louis


  • 1950s

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Reference number: 0338

Date: 1953

Director: [filmed by Louis Dickson]

Sponsor: [ Hippodrome Cinema, Bo'ness]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 16.10 mins

Description: The procession and coronation of Queen Helen Gourlay during the Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival of 1953, held soon after the Coronation on the 3rd of June, 1953; there are a few reminders of recent events during the day.

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: REEL I

Credits (0.15); exts. people grouped under a decorated arch with "ER"; Children taking part in the festival leave their decorated homes; gate for the Chief Lady in Waiting; shot of a decorated Fair Queen gate in the style of two pit heads; gvs crowds making their way to the procession; pipe band (2.41); Schools parade in park - including pupils from Kinneil School and St. Mary's School; pan over local dignitaries; Procession and crowning of the Festival Queen 'Queen Helen'. Shots of the crowds (9.18) 837ft


No credits. Shots of crowd including the Provost. Festival Queen leaves her platform (2.16); Crowds in town street. Procession of pipe band, brass band with Bruce Balderson "leading" [without his usual baton], horses and carts, and floats, including one with a large crown. The "Queen" in horse-drawn carriage. Procession continues (6.23); "Queen" arrives back home; c/u holding sceptre The End (6.52) 619ft