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  • Glasgow


  • Leisure and recreation
  • Music


  • 1960s

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Reference number: 3181

Date: 1961*

Director: [ph. Mario Ford]

Sound: mute

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 4.15 mins

Description: Youngsters dancing to the music of "The Gay Birds" at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow. Shots of the stage show, volunteers from the audience joining in for one number. Filmed soon after Barrowlands reopened in 1960, following a fire which had severely damaged the building.

This film is part of the Mario Ford Film Collection.

Part of a Herald article outlining the history of the Barrowlands is available on the Barrowlands website. Available online:
http://www.glasgow-barrowland.com/press/ballroomhistory_herald.html [last accessed 16/11/2010]

Shotlist: Gvs teenagers and children dancing; guitarist from band talks to a group of boys and girls, as he crouches on stage; shots of children crowding around stage as the band play, with band-leader Billy McGregor on drums, people dancing in background (1.14) shot crowd (1.18) band playing before lettering: "The Gay Birds"; brass section playing behind their names "Boab, Johnny, Harry..."; a quartet of three men and one woman singing 'Hit the Road, Jack' with singer Gus Cook (1.46) volunteers from the audience make up a "Mexican" band (2.37) elevated shot of kids dancing around the ballroom (4.15)