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  • Ayrshire


  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Sporting activities


  • Amateur


  • 1950s

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Reference number: 1929

Date: 1951

Director: [filmed by John Nimmo]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 26.04 mins

Description: Celebrations during the 1951 Festival of Britain, in Cumnock. Local events include a Gala Day parade, School sports day and Fireworks display, also shots of the participants in a BBC variety show with calypso singer Edric Connor, and conductor of the BBC Variety Orchestra, Kemlo Stephen.

Shotlist: No credits. General views of Cumnock from hills. Pan across rooftops; shot of Cumnock Old Church (1.26) Shots of people, including pairs of schoolgirls in black uniform walking into a church; Provost and councillors (2.29) man seated in garden with a newspaper, c/u "Cumnock Celebration Official Programme", including music recitals and a Fireworks display; montage of posters advertising events held during the Festival of Britain, 1951, hanging flags, c/us individuals; shot of singn advertising a performance the Linden Tree, bust of Kier Hardie in f/ground (3.26) ints. extract from performance of "The Linden Tree" (4.28) Exhibition Golf Match participants practice swing before the match; pan over spectators, c/u individual golfers (6.15) golfers tee off; shots of putting (7.16); Cumnock Academy Sports. girls playing netball, c/u faces; male pupils gymnastics display; infant's races; high jump and long jump (10.17) Shots of crowds intercut with further views of sports day races and a pillow fight (13.59) Prize-giving and girls races; shots of crowds eating ice-cream; play race between two dogs (15.43); Lugar versus Cumnock. Crowds entering Cumnock Juniors football ground under doors marked "Admission 9d."; shots of crowds (16.01) shots of match in progress; group shot of Cumnock? team (17.02); BBC Variety Concert. Poster for the concert by BBC Variety Orchestra; The performers speaking together, wearing evening dress outside the venue, including Kemlo Stephen and Eric Connor, Ruby Duncan and Ian Gourlay (18.20); Old folks treat. Shots of youngsters dancing, a display of Scottish country dancing (19.17); Fireworks display. Shots of same (19.41); Angling competition. General views of anglers on Loch Doon (20.28); Carnival preparations. Decorating floats with crepe, sand and "snow" (cotton wool) (22.09); The Assembly. girl in a white dress walks into a car, c/u face (Gala Queen); tracking shot float "Love's Young Dream"; shot of antique and decorated bicycles; pipe band, children in fancy dress and floats gathering (24.16); The Carnival. Floats procession through Cumnock, including the Gala Queen in an open-topped car; m/s the execution of the Covenanter John Brown is acted out; pan over seated crowds (29.03); The crowning ceremony. The Gala queen is crowned in open air park. Speeches; the Queen awards prizes for fancy dress, c/u Snow White and Rose Red (31.34); The baby show. Shots of crowds; c/u babies. (32.20) synchronised swimming in outdoor pool. (33.27) Fairground amusements and pony ride; shots of adults and children enjoying the fair (34.38).