BO’NESS FAIR 1952 - QUEEN MYRA TAYLOR. PUBLIC SCHOOL

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Places:

  • West Lothian

Subjects:

  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Ceremonies
  • Leisure and recreation

Genres:

  • Local topical

People/organisations:

  • DICKSON, Louis

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: BO’NESS FAIR 1952 - QUEEN MYRA TAYLOR. PUBLIC SCHOOL

Reference number: 0413

Date: 1952

Director: [filmed by Louis Dickson]

Sponsor: [ Hippodrome Cinema, Bo'ness]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 15.27 mins

Description: Coronation of Queen at Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival, with footage of the fancy dress parade provided by schools not selecting a Queen.

Formerly catalogued under title [BO'NESS FAIR FESTIVAL, 1952] but was retitled May 2006 (when titles were discovered in the Bo'Ness Hippodrome and attached to front of this film)

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: [Dickson's Pictures]

Shotlist: REEL I [24fps]
No credits. "Queen" Myra sets off along the route in car as she heads for the coronation ceremony. Shots of crowds along the way, people crowd into shot (1.30); She arrives at school (2.55); "Queen" and her retinue arrive for coronation and fancy dress parade; audience are conducted in song by Music master?; fancy dress includes "Two Maypole Queens" "David and Goliath" and "Eastern Dancers". After ceremony, the "Queen" leaves the rostrum accompanied by her entourage and flower girls (9.07)

REEL II [18fps]
No credits. Shots of pipe band leading procession of scouts, Boys Brigade, etc. floats, including "Pow's farm", "Bothy Boys" and "Save the Children"; brass bands, pipe band led by local man Bruce Balderson in comic imitation of a drum major (2.35); "Queen of the Fairies" and flower girls leaving their houses, decorated streets and doorways (4.09); Exterior of the Hippodrome Cinema (4.36)