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This clip features various banners on the parade including "The Only Safe Course", "Milk is Best". Shots include the Temperance King and Queen, the parade including floats, brass band and pipe bands. (clip)

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Reference number: 2356

Date: 1939

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 15.42 mins

Description: Various events at the Edinburgh Temperance Day. The film also shows footage of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Pageant and the British Women's Temperance Association at the Highland and Agriculture Show, Edinburgh.

Shotlist: [Please note this film has been shotlisted at 24fps. The total running time at the actual speed of 18fps is 15.42 mins]

No credits. Scottish Temperance Alliance. Edinburgh Council. Edinburgh Temperance Day Saturday 10 May 1939. Procession and crowning of Edinburgh's 6th Temperance King and Queen (John Cunningham and Hope Kilpatrick) in the East Meadows. Crowning ceremony performed by Mrs W A Guthrie (0.30); [Dark] Shots of procession, banners advertising the Rechabites Society, Milk, "The Only Safe Course: Total Abstinence Helps you Weather the Storm"; floats including Temperance King and Queen, Prince and Princess; brief shot from a tram's upper deck and crowning ceremony, includes shot of three girls playing accordion to accompany the crowd, as a man leads them in song; speeches are made. (4.28); Edinburgh's 6th Temperance King and Queen in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Pageant 27 May 1939. Shots of pageant; floats, mounted participants in Indian dress; float with man pretending to be a drunk; vintage cars and bicycles including a penny farthing; shot of A.R.P. Decontamination and Street Washing Machine; kilted man doing a comic dance. (5.59); Roller skating by Miss Helen Gillies Edinburgh. Display by young girl, Parliament Square? (7.12); British Women's Temperance Association Edinburgh and Lothians District Union Restaurant Tent, Highland and Agricultural Show, Edinburgh June 1939 showing union officials and workers, also some things to be seen at show. [Dark] General views of the exterior of the BWTA tent. Shots inside. Dressage competitors; Horses shows. Shot of a man who may come from the Caucasus, wearing a black lambskin hat. Shots of Association members and workers. General views of livestock, including Highland cattle and Belted Galloways in stables; horse jumping; Household Cavalry horse riding display. (11.31)