BO'NESS CHILDREN'S FAIR FESTIVAL 1953

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Places:

  • West Lothian

Subjects:

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

Genres:

  • Local topical

People/organisations:

  • DICKSON, Louis

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: BO'NESS CHILDREN'S FAIR FESTIVAL 1953

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 http://www.thefairday.com/ [last accessed 12/2/2018]

In April 2009, the Hippodrome reopened as a working cinema - see http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/venues/hippodrome/ for further information. You can also find out about the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival which is held there annually: http://www.hippfest.co.uk

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

REEL II

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