QUEEN FOR A DAY: Cockenzie & Port Seton Children's Gala Day

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Title: QUEEN FOR A DAY: Cockenzie & Port Seton Children's Gala Day

Reference number: 6754

Date: 1963

Director: d. James Hickie

Production company: Gosford Films & Stuart Douglas Films

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 18.43 mins

Description: General views of the Cockenzie & Port Seton Children's Gala Day parade, partly a sea journey with fishing boats, coronation ceremony, and celebrations.

See also ref 1288 where the Wick Herring Queen also arrives to shore on a boat.

See also SCAN Website Catalogue for records of paper archive file: GB2120/SSA 8/113. Contains recordings of interviews of Scottish filmmakers, including James Hickie. Go to http://www.scan.org.uk/ [last accessed 3/4/2008]

Credits: ph. Stuart A. Lile, Gordon Hickie, T. Douglas & D. Lornie
ed. Stuart A. Lile
d. ph. T. Douglas & D. Lornie

Shotlist: Gosford Films & Stuart Douglas Films Presents Title (0.14) gvs Girls in white dresses, the queen's retinue, join the parade by climbing into a boat transported on a bright float v/o describes Gala day in the burgh of Cockenzie and Port Seton (1.15) Shot of the house of the "Seton Queen" v/o states that the Queen and her retinue are chosen by a popular vote of their school friends gvs of crowds and the progress of the float through Port Seton (2.01) gvs of crowds gathered at the village green waiting for the parade, some in costume (2.24) Shot of the float being directed by a policeman (2.18) School Dux lays a wreath to the War dead (2.42) gvs of the crowd and the laying of the wreath, includes brief shot of man recording events with hand held camera (4.05) The royal party go out to sea from Cockenzie harbour, to Port Seton. A pipe band sends them off (4.47) As decorated fishing boats escort the party "pirates attack the Queen's vessel" (6.46) gvs boats arrive in Port Seton harbour "having defeated the pirates" the Queen is greeted by the Provost and all children walk to the "royal float" includes shot of man operating a camera on tripod (9.09) gvs The procession begins again on land, younger costumed children following on foot amongst crowds of people (9.42) gvs the "royal party" process towards a stage, the Seton Queen is crowned by Mrs Johnston includes shots of audience applauding (12.02) gvs announcement is made by costumed boy, and children representing nations of Britain and local industries are presented to the queen, including coal mining, fishing, farming and fishwives. Includes brief shots of queen receiving a model of her "barge", and presenting the Dux with a gift (14.13) The children process away from the stage (14.47) gvs queen and retinue seated in he crowd, watching performances given by younger children. Includes shots of dancing, gymnastics, maypole dancing, Scottish country dancing, and finally dancing from the "pirates"; includes brief shot of pianist (18.00) Provost gives speech intercut with image of Seton motto "Hazard yet forward" (18.04) ecs THE END (18.43)