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  • Aberdeenshire


  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Ceremonies
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions


  • Amateur


  • 1940s

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Reference number: 3145

Date: 1948

Director: [filmed by John Stammers]

Sound: silent

Original format: std. 8mm

Colour: bwcol

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10.11 mins

Description: Wedding celebrations, including the local custom of covering the bride and groom in soot and feathers.

See "The Way It Was" p.c. Grampian TV, Oct-Dec '94 for interview with groom John Stammers.

Shotlist: [col] scenics of loch, Shetland pony (0.06) Gordon Highlanders marching along tree lined road. Scenics (1.05) [b/w] man (Ernest McLachlan?) mixes vaseline and soot (1.14) (John and Helen Stammers) bride and groom covered in soot and feathers taken by cart, led by small band, through streets of Braemar (2.16) c/u sign "Saloon Bar"; Scenes outside pub as the couple arrive; cart is pulled to the door and he pair alight. Children, pipers, scenes of merriment; c/u couple smiling (3.42) shots of woman running away, being caught and daubed with soot and feathers (4.02) c/u Sign outside Registrar's office (John Stammers Registrar) and [out-of-focus] c/u of marriage certificate (4.10) [col] wedding day (Mary & John Henderson?) preparing the car; shot of black cat; car driving away (4.57) ls church; ms guests arrive and pose for the camera; bridal party arrive and enter church (6.57) ls couple emerge from church, piper playing. gvs Groups pose for photos. bride and groom climb into car and drive away (7.56) ls large crowd outside hotel, with many small children; Guests and bridal party arriving at reception (some light in camera) (9.55) ls group shot of bridal party, pan l-r over faces (10.11)