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Home for good from the trenches the men join in the Peace Celebrations, the sun shines on the ex-servicemen and serving men and women as they march past the Memorial followed by a fancy dress parade. (clip)

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Reference number: 0760

Date: 1919

Director: filmed by Fyfe and Fyfe

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 7 mins

Description: During the summer of 1919 a Peace Pageant was held in the Borders town of Galashiels, with a parade, with a pig on a cart displaying the sign ”German Swine”, wreath laying, fancy dress and fun sports in the Park.

Credits: [Cinematograph by Fyfe and Fyfe, 2nd August, 1919]

Shotlist: Credits (.04) Shot of group outside the Pavilion Theatre (showing May Marsh in ALL WOMAN) (.14) Shot of pipe band marching along crowded streets, followed by horse-drawn carriages. The Provost alights from the first carriage and places a wreath at the base of a memorial (out of shot). bugler plays. Provost re-enters carriage and it moves off followed by remainder of the procession, including re-united regiments, veterans of the First World War, some wearing uniform and medals, nurses, the Festival Queen of the pageant, a brass band, children wearing fancy dress, another brass band also in fancy dress, and general shots of members of the public (3.19) shots in park where procession has come to a halt. Large groups of people and shots of a family enjoying a picnic (4.06) Shot of the Pageant Queen (4.14) Shots of same with group, some wearing fancy dress (4.19) Another group with ice-cream stall advertising "High Class Ices" in the background (4.22) Members of the band in fancy dress (4.53) Shots of army personnel and members of the public milling around (5.11) More gvs of the public in the park (5.58)