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A ‘Young Queen” passes in a decorated pedal car, various floats pass. During the “Queen’s” Procession, small pageboys find her train heavy and sag under the weight, after laying a wreath, Past and Present “Queens” pose for a photo. (clip)

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Reference number: 1477

Date: 1949

Sponsor: [ Playhouse Cinema, Peebles]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 7.25 mins

Description: Coverage of the Peebles March Riding and Beltane Festival which falls in a Jubilee Year, the celebrations include a Piper which leads a procession of children and the Beltane Queen and her retinue though the Borders town.

Shotlist: Credits (.38); 1899 Jubilee Year 1949 (.09); Proclamation of Fair at Mercat Cross. Pied Piper leads procession of gaily clad children to crowning ceremony (.21); Crowning of Beltane Queen, Miss Isobel Winthorpe, London daughter of first Beltane Queen, crowns Miss Margaret Jack (.30); Cornet Wilbert Whitie and his supporters (.35); Beltane Queens Past and Present (.38); Shots of parade in High Street, Peebles (.51); Group of women (1.01); General views of speeches and proclamation from platform (1.42); Children in fancy dress (2.03); Children [camera shake] (2.31); Beltane Queen, escorted by pages, arrives by car and proceeds to coronation (3.06); Crowds. [Camera shake] (3.23) - (3.27); (3.56); Queen in car (4.09); Cornet and supporters on horseback (4.23); Beltane Queen in car and bus load of former Queens? (4.42); Fancy dress parade, some of the participants (5.00); Group of people in foyer of Playhouse Cinema (5.05); Crowds lining street to watch the procession. (Camera shooting across street to include cinema entrance). Decorated floats (6.18); Queen and retinue proceed to war memorial. Queen lays wreath (6.55); Gathering of ladies - possibly former Beltane Queens (7.19); End (7.25)