On a dull day in Rothesay, holiday crowds watch as the winners of the Scottish Daily Express Seaside Queen competition pose for photographs. (clip)

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Reference number: 6713

Date: 1968*

Sound: mute

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 4.57 mins

Description: Unedited footage taken at Rothesay in the late sixties. The camera captures the excitement surrounding the Scottish Seaside Queen Contest, run by the Scottish Daily Express - with hopefuls posing for photographs and shots of the queues waiting to see the girls outside the Winter Gardens.

Shotlist: photographer orders people to pose for camera - giving the 'thumbs up' (0.08) a piper leads procession of young women who are competing for the title of 'Scottish Seaside Queen'. (0.18) a group of children look on (0.22) shot of people's backs as they walk (0.28) the young women get on board a minibus (0.34) they pose for photographer on a balcony, shots standing in mini-dresses; faces in c/u (1.02) exts. George Hicks & Son, Chemist where a small crowd gathers. Piper passes in immediate foreground, and women follow (1.08) advertising hoardings outside the Winter Gardens for the 'Scottish Seaside Queen Contest' showing twice nightly - at 6.30pm and 8.45pm as well as 3pm (1.09) the parade of women make their way to the Winter Gardens as crowds look on (1.30) slow pan R to L of Main street, shop fronts and floral displays, and crowds making their way along the front (1.43) queues outside Winter Gardens (1.49) balcony gvs young women, the Hotel Victoria exts in background (1.58) shot as seen from street below, looking up at women on balcony 'Scottish Daily Express Scottish Seaside Queen Contest' banner clearly visible (2.07) brief shot bystanders below (2.14) shot of placard 'Scottish Daily Express presents BEAUTY ON PARADE GRAND FINAL compered by Archie McCulloch and featuring Scotland's Seaside Queen Contest, Wheel of Fortune, Children's Beauty Contest, Free Coca Cola for Everyone' (2.20) people enjoy a game on the putting green (2.32) queue outside Winter Gardens (2.43) at the harbour, rowing boats are brought to the pier. Sign reads 'H MacDonald & Son Drive Yourself Motor Boats' (2.57) ferry approaches (3.12) shot of queue (3.15) - blank- (3.19) shot of three young women in white swimming costumes posing for photographs, the contestant in the centre wears a pink band announcing her as the winner - she proudly holds up a cup (3.55) general shots of the public standing below (4.11) the Seaside Queen poses for further photographs on the roof of the Winter Gardens, shot broadens out to show Rothesay sea front and gardens (4.57)