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  • Elder Dalrymple Productions / Elder Films


  • 1950s

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Reference number: 1548

Date: 1953

Director: [filmed by Elder Film Productions for the Picture House]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 14.34 mins

Description: Footage of the coronation of the Lace Queen, Darvel, the queen and her retinue parade along the streets and are followed by pipebands and floats. 22nd August 1953.

Shotlist: No credits. Shot of a poster for the ceremony, gala day and gymkhana to be held in Morton Park, Darvel, as part of the annual Darvel Fair (0.12); Man in lace factory showroom (0.43); Close-up of lace tablecloth and cloth embroidered with portrait of Queen Elizabeth (1.03); General views of showroom with different examples of lace (1.38); People hang lace curtains, clothes, etc. from windowsills of tenements and houses (2.11); Doll's tea party set out in a front garden as children wait for the celebrations to begin (2.29); Shots of a street hung with bunting (2.44); Darvel Lace Queen [Miss Jean Murdoch?] leaves her home and gets into car. (3.07); Floats procession ready to start. Shots of crowds (3.37); Brass band leads off (3.51); Crowds lining streets and shots of the floats procession as it passes. General shots same (5.11); Shots of main street as procession passes; including floats Britannia, snow white, "winter" pipe band General shots of crowds, Darvel Lace Queen and her float, accompanied by scouts carrying staff with a bobbin (6.16); Lace Queen and her retinue at Morton Park. They mount the stage (7.09); Shots of the crowning ceremony; female participants give a ring and flowers to the Lace Queen and a bouquet to the lady to crowned her [apparently raining, retinue in water proof coats] (8.10); Participants leave the stage. Lace Queen and retinue pose for photographs, intercut with views of crowds (9.03); The Lace Queen and her retinue walk to another area where Lace Queen presents gifts to women. Shots of crowds (10.10); Shots of the gymkhana. General views of horses and riders in crowd-lined Morton Park (11.42); Shots of children, horses and riders (12.44); The Lace Queen greets the winning riders and presents the rosettes (13.05); Shots of a children's fancy dress competition. Shots of competitors (13.28); Outside the Town Hall in Darvel, the Lace Queen and local dignitaries emerge and cross over to lay a lily wreath on the war memorial; c/u memorial (14.34)