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Reference number: 0547

Date: 1936, September 24

Production company: Gaumont British News

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 1.50 mins

Description: Ramsay MacDonald unveils commemorative memorial to the poet Robert Burns in the Borders town of Dumfries. [no sound]

Party possibly includes Jean Armour Burns Brown. See additional info file. Probably copy of all material shot of which only 48ft x 35mm was released as Gaumont British News ref GB8660 BURNS MEMORIAL UNVEILED 24 September 1936. Unused footage supplied to local exhibitor as topical film.

See also ref. 7506 for closely related film.

Shotlist: Title (0.10); Mr Ramsay MacDonald performs unveiling ceremony at Dumfries. Shot of men and women outside Burns House looking at the plaque on the wall. Close-up of the plaque commemorating Robert Burns and the house (0.58); Shots of crowds in Dumfries streets (1.03); Shots of St Michael's Churchyard as Ramsay MacDonald and party arrive. MacDonald addresses the crowd and unveils the memorial (1.46) shots of the memorial and of the graveside below (1.50)