The queen is led ashore with her attendants, and the procession of local dignitaries starts through the streets. (clip - full length available onsite)

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  • Dumfriesshire


  • Celebrations, traditions and customs


  • Local topical


  • 1950s

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Reference number: 0878

Date: 1951*

Sponsor: [ Lyceum Cinema, Dumfries]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 11.20 mins

Description: Footage of the "Guid Nychburris Day" celebrations in Dumfries, festivities include the coronation of the festival queen and the cornet opening the "city gates".

Shotlist: No credits. Shots of pipe band in crowded city centre (0.13); Shots of crowds; Young men wearing rosettes on stairs (0.20); Pipe band again; Shots of man carried aloft in sedan chair; Two men making a speech at a microphone; Crowds; Uniformed brass band; Prize winners in children's fancy dress competition (2.11); Horsemen on rural road, trees on one side (2.27); Cyclists on same road (2.,32); Horsemen again. The Cornet opens the "city gates". (3.18); Shots of crowds (3.25); Float procession (4.21); Pipe band in procession (4.25); Brass band in procession (4.31); Float procession continues, intercut with shots of crowds (5.28); The Cornet on horseback is led to city centre (5.54); Proclamation is read from steps of unidentified building (6.21); Refreshments are served in town centre to participants in celebrations (6.35); Speeches are made (6.39); Gymnastics display and other sporting activities (7.20); Dancing displays by young girls in wrestling ring and shots of crowds (7.42); Shot of pageant queen in decorated rowing boat on river and being led to platform for coronation ceremony (8.18); Brass band leads procession of prominent citizens. Shots of crowds (9.01); Coronation ceremony and presentation of gifts from Cornet to Provost. Shots of watching crowds (9.49)