The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Llandudno May Day
Llandudno May Day

Llandudno May Day 1907

Close

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

Llandudno May Day 1907

3 mins United Kingdom

Llandudno is hustle, bustle and excitement for the annual May Day festivities, an event described in the local press at the time as "a great trade procession". For centuries British towns and villages have come together on May Day to celebrate springtime fertility. Recreational time had increased for the Edwardians, meaning more could relax, have fun and soak up the atmosphere at events like this.

No doubt May Queen Doris Ward, seen seated and smiling in a flower-covered carriage, had many admirers, but most eyes would have been fixed on the still novel sight of a film camera. Local traders certainly recognised the potential of the 'animated pictures' and harnessed them to promote their wares. Exhibitor Mr J Ritson is seen in one shot, carrying a billboard advertising 'Parisian Animated Pictures'.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Brass bands Parades and Marches May Day celebrations Llandudno

Collection

Edwardians at Leisure

Released

1907

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

Read lessRead more
Part of

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

Explore
The map

Explore further

View Carnival Processions in Birkenhead
Carnival Processions in Birkenhead
Watch for free 3 mins

Carnival Processions in Birkenhead 1902

May Queens and drag queens, cadets and clowns: thousands turn out for an Edwardian fundraiser in the Merseyside town.

3 mins United Kingdom

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later