CRIEFF HIGHLAND GATHERING

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Places:

  • Perth and Perthshire

Subjects:

  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Celts and celtic culture
  • Sporting activities

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: CRIEFF HIGHLAND GATHERING

Reference number: 0935

Date: 1950

Director: filmed by T.H. Thoms and J.R.L. Halley

Sponsor: Scottish Film Council

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 16.30 mins

Description: Events at the 1950 Crieff Highland Gathering, the first held after 1939.

Shotlist: Credits (.10); Shots of crowded stand at showground (.21); There was a record attendance of 9,300 at this, the first gathering held since 1939, in spite of early morning rain and heavy afternoon showers. General shots of showground, with bicycle race in progress (.52); The chieftain, the Right Honourable the Lord Kinnaird, with the Chairman, Mr James Williamson, and the Secretary, Captain James Reid. Shot of the three men walking across the ground (1.07); The Rinkmaster, Provost, D O McLean MC. Shot of Provost (1.19); Throwing the hammer (local). Shots of same (1.43); Running high leap (local). Shots of same, including slow motion sequences (2.05); Putting the stone. Shots of same (2.47); Running events included 100 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards, half mile, one mile and two miles. Shots of the various running events (3.03); Demonstration of Scottish country dancing by kind permission of the Scottish Country Dance Society. Dancing display on raised platform (3.43); Herald, Sergeant-Major A Mavor DCM. Shot of same (3.50); Bicycle races included one mile, two miles and three miles. Bicycle race in progress around grass track (4.08); The mounted band of the Life Guards in full dress uniform. Shots of band on horseback, dressed in long red cloaks (4.55); The Secretary presents "Pompey" with a sprig of white heather. Heather is attached to the horse's bridle. Further shots of the band (6.09); Throwing the hammer. A new ground record was created by L R Stewart, who threw the 22 lb hammer a distance of 94 feet 11 inches. More shots of hammer throwing (6.40); Piping events included pibrochs, marches and strathspeys. Shots of the pipers in judges (7.04); Vaulting with pole. Shots of same, some sequences in slow motion (7.32); Dancing the Highland fling. Shots of same (8.13); Tossing the caber. None of the competitors succeed (9.00); Running high leap (open). Shot of same in slow motion (9.06); Dancing a reel. Shots of same (10.06); Long jump (open). Same in slow motion (10.19); Throwing the heavy weight, 50 lbs over bar. Shots of same (10.26); Sword dance. Shots of same (10.46); Wrestling, catch-as-catch can, and Cumberland style. Shots of same (11.21); Irish jig. Shots of same (11.48); The Life Guards again, this time without the cloaks. Shots of the Life Guards (12.23); ecs (12.26)