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May Day PoniesMay Day Ponies

Non-Fiction19744 mins Location: Upper Gornal

Sam Jeavons is a Black Country horse man through and through and May Day is a time to decorate his wagon and bring some colour to Upper Gornal's streets.

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Springtime in an English VillageSpringtime in an English Village

Documentary19447 mins Location: Stanion

An extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime in which a young black girl is crowned Queen of the May.

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The Legend of the Good BeastsThe Legend of the Good Beasts

Puppet (live-action)195624 mins

Fabergé animals in a Russian influenced Easter tale narrated by Peter Ustinov

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Easter Parade, Hyde ParkEaster Parade, Hyde Park

19584 minsSilent Location: Hyde Park

Easter Parade in Hyde Park, April 1958.

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Welcome SpringWelcome Spring

Amateur film19529 minsSilent

Spring comes to Scotland in the 1950s: feed playful lambs, pick a host of glorious daffodils, and harness your faithful horse to the plough in this lovely amateur colour film.

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Avalanche of LambsAvalanche of Lambs

Non-Fiction19231 mins

A fluffy white blizzard - of hundreds of newborn lambs - hits a Reading farm, keeping the shepherd's hands full.

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Easter Holiday ActivitiesEaster Holiday Activities

Non-Fiction19576 minsSilent Location: Birmingham

Out and about across the Midlands to see what people do with their Easter Monday holiday. Spring is in the air with time for swimming, funfairs and a good honest pint.

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Gumber FarmGumber Farm

Amateur film193921 minsSilent Location: Slindon

A film of bucolic bliss - where children enjoy both summer fun and winter frolics despite the start of the Second World War

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Preston Egg Rolling (c.1901)Preston Egg Rolling (c.1901)

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Preston

Easter Monday festivities in Avenham Park, Preston.

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A Spring Wedding - the 11th of March 1963A Spring Wedding - the 11th of March 1963

Amateur film196310 mins Location: Pontypridd

Bedding, table lamps, coffee set, lighter, toaster … gifts that will set up Patricia Morgan and Kenneth Haynes for married life after their wedding at St Mary’s Church, Glyntaf.

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Easter Holiday ScenesEaster Holiday Scenes

Non-Fiction19298 mins Location: Blackpool

It’s Easter and men, women and children all over England enjoy a day out, be it on the beach, at the races or at the zoo

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Spring Comes to the ZooSpring Comes to the Zoo

Non-Fiction19231 minsSilent Location: Regent's Park

Animal antics at Regent's Park Zoo as the doors are opened to a spring-time crowd.

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Dartington May DayDartington May Day

News19692 minsSilent Location: Dartington

May Day celebrated by Dartington schoolchildren

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School May DaySchool May Day

Amateur film196913 minsSilent Location: Ealing

May Day pageantry at Hobbayne School

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Bootle May Day Demonstration and Crowning of the May Queen (1903)Bootle May Day Demonstration and Crowning of the May Queen (1903)

Non-Fiction190318 minsSilent Location: Bootle

May Day revellers brave a wet and windy day in Edwardian Merseyside.

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Spring Comes to EnglandSpring Comes to England

Government sponsored film193416 mins Location: Isles of Scilly

Farming techniques and modern methods bring new crops to market.

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May Day CelebrationsMay Day Celebrations

Amateur film19667 minsSilent Location: Daventry

Large crowds are drawn to a traditional English May Day celebrations in Daventry complete with a flower garlanded May Queen and dancing in the town square.

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A Hill, Some Sheep and a LivingA Hill, Some Sheep and a Living

196626 mins Location: Pendle Hill

A deft TV documentary portrait of the life of a shepherding family during lambing season in north-east Lancashire.

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Spring Time in LakelandSpring Time in Lakeland

Amateur film195212 minsSilent Location: Brothers Water

Come and celebrate the joys of spring out and about in the Lakes.

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Llandudno May Day (1907)Llandudno May Day (1907)

Non-Fiction19075 minsSilent Location: Llandudno

May Day festivities in the North Wales town.

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Pwllheli May QueenPwllheli May Queen

Non-Fiction19314 minsSilent Location: Pwllheli

Locals of Pwllheli in North Wales turn out to celebrate the crowning of their May Queen

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Rhyl May DayRhyl May Day

Non-Fiction19206 minsSilent Location: Rhyl

After a five year lull for the war, Rhyl resumes its May Day celebration and does the occasion proud.

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Booth: Hastings, May Procession and Ilkeston CarnivalBooth: Hastings, May Procession and Ilkeston Carnival

Amateur film193716 minsSilent Location: Hastings

From a seaside getaway in Hastings to all the marching bands that Ilkeston could muster. A home movie that travels the UK.

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Non-Fiction19786 mins Location: Chinnor

An ancient Swiss tradition or just an incomprehensible egg smashing excuse for a booze up?

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Birdwell Primary School May Queen 1961-1964 & School CentenaryBirdwell Primary School May Queen 1961-1964 & School Centenary

Amateur film196460 minsSilent Location: Barnsley

You may remember school processions, or having to perform in a play in front of the parents, as rather dull; not for these children in the early 1960s who clearly relish showing off.

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Chesterfield May Day 1978Chesterfield May Day 1978

Amateur film197811 minsSilent Location: Chesterfield

Politics, partying, and a penalty shoot-out at the Derbyshire town's inaugural May Day bank holiday funfair

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Hunslet Carnival and Gala (1904)Hunslet Carnival and Gala (1904)

Non-Fiction19045 minsSilent Location: Hunslet

A spectacular street procession in the heart of industrial West Yorkshire.

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Easter EggsEaster Eggs

Non-Fiction19672 mins Location: Birmingham

John Swallow attempts to discover what people know about the tradition of eggs at Easter. Is it a Pagan or Christian religious symbol or is it just good for the food trade?

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May Pole Dance July 1956; Picnic Trip to Finchley July 1956; London Zoo Aug 1956; Windsor Castle Sept 1956May Pole Dance July 1956; Picnic Trip to Finchley July 1956; London Zoo Aug 1956; Windsor Castle Sept 1956

Home movie195613 minsSilent Location: Brent

Four films capturing a family summer in 1956, with highlights coming from London Zoo, where a very different attitude to animal care is on display.

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Rhyl May Day Procession 1903Rhyl May Day Procession 1903

Non-Fiction19032 minsSilent Location: Rhyl

Rhyl's holiday season kicks off with a bang as residents and traders put their best foot forward for the May Day parade

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Manvers May Day ParadeManvers May Day Parade

Non-Fiction191913 minsSilent Location: Wath Upon Dearne

The whole spectrum of colliery workers and their families take a break from work, parade their horses and exhibit their natural cheerfulness.

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Bird's-eye ViewBird's-eye View

Travelogue194911 mins

The unusual angle of an amateur auteur

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Knutsford Royal May Day Carnival (1904)Knutsford Royal May Day Carnival (1904)

Non-Fiction19041 minsSilent Location: Knutsford

The May Queen and Morris men celebrate May Day in Edwardian Cheshire.

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O'Er Hill and DaleO'Er Hill and Dale

193216 mins Location: Cheviot Hills, The

The day-to-day life and work of a characteristic Scottish shepherd in the border country during lambing season.

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Shotton May Fair and John Summers' Picnic, 1913Shotton May Fair and John Summers' Picnic, 1913

Non-Fiction19139 minsSilent Location: Higher Shotton

You wouldn't dress like that for the beach nowadays, but these day trippers are having a whale of a time

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May Day Sports 1979May Day Sports 1979

Amateur film19796 minsSilent Location: Pulham Market

A wet welly race, tug o' war, and maypole dancing are the traditions of the May Day celebrations in Pulham Market.

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Country Close-Up: McConkey the Donkey and his cartCountry Close-Up: McConkey the Donkey and his cart

School programme and Educational film195821 minsSilent Location: Maesmawr Hall

From treacle for a pony to sandwiches for harvesters, the Trant children contribute to the smooth running of Maesmawr Hall farm, Welshpool.

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Easter ParadeEaster Parade

Amateur film19664 minsSilent Location: Battersea Park

All things bright and beautiful: flowers, floats, fire engines and the football World Cup burst into colour at the Easter festivities.

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The Arthur Webster Memorial HospitalThe Arthur Webster Memorial Hospital

Amateur film19149 minsSilent Location: Shanklin

Join in the fun at a garden party at the Arthur Webster Memorial Hospital at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.

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Easter Monday Holiday SpiritEaster Monday Holiday Spirit

News19621 minsSilent Location: Felixstowe

Anglia Television document how East Anglians have chosen to spend their Easter extended weekend.

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Leyland May Festival (1905)Leyland May Festival (1905)

Non-Fiction19051 minsSilent Location: Leyland

A colourful May festival parade in the Lancashire town.

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Amateur film18991 minsSilent Location: Cockermouth

A May Day parade down Cockermouth’s Main Street, filmed by a local draper

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Easter Bonnet Parade at the Pandora InnEaster Bonnet Parade at the Pandora Inn

News19661 minsSilent Location: Mylor Bridge

A stunning array of millinery is judged as part of the Easter celebrations.

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Easter Mission to DenabyEaster Mission to Denaby

Amateur film19623 minsSilent Location: Bentley

Denaby, a quintessential industrial village, is visited by Mexborough School students.

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Easter Holiday TroublesEaster Holiday Troubles

Non-Fiction19683 minsSilent Location: Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth, Cleethorpes, Skegness and Clacton all feature sunbathing, donkey rides, bank holiday traffic queues and rowdy youths.

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Harwich and Walton at EasterHarwich and Walton at Easter

Home movie196411 minsSilent Location: Harwich

Clearly a family with sea legs, the Wing family from Essex visit Harwich and Walton at Easter time for idling and sailing. Home movie by accomplished amateur filmmaker Ron Wing.

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The Warrior's May QueenThe Warrior's May Queen

Non-Fiction19181 mins

May I shake your hand, ma'am? Back in Blighty, a soldier finds the proper way to address a queen

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Easter Time in HastingsEaster Time in Hastings

Amateur film195232 minsSilent Location: Hastings

Join David and Vincent at Easter in this charming film from 1952. We'll go on an excursion to Pett Level to see frolicking lambs, have a picnic and a walk along the cliffs.

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Spring blossom and young animals at Maesmawr Hall, WelshpoolSpring blossom and young animals at Maesmawr Hall, Welshpool

School programme and Educational film195810 minsSilent Location: Maesmawr Hall

From exquisite spring blossom to lambs, calves, foals and electric shearing

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The Broads - Easter HolidaysThe Broads - Easter Holidays

Amateur film19372 minsSilent Location: Wroxham Broad

Easter fell at the end of March in 1937 and, judging from the grey skies, wind and woolly jumpers in this film, it may well have been a cold one!

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Turner: Easter Monday Wedding 1934Turner: Easter Monday Wedding 1934

Amateur film19347 minsSilent Location: Arnold

Crowds gather at a Nottingham church to see the bride and groom on their happiest day.

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April on the Farm: soil, seeds and offspringApril on the Farm: soil, seeds and offspring

School programme and Educational film195910 minsSilent Location: Maesmawr Hall

On a farm the children work too: whilst the men are in the field with the tractors, the youngsters fetch hay for the ponies and mend a puncture.

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Manchester Sunday Schools Whit Monday Procession (1904)Manchester Sunday Schools Whit Monday Procession (1904)

Non-Fiction19049 minsSilent Location: Manchester

Crowds throng the city streets to see a parade of beautifully turned out children in a festive parade.

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Easter (Adams Personal Film)Easter (Adams Personal Film)

Amateur film19655 minsSilent Location: Crouch End

Enjoy a happy Easter in Crouch End as guests of Mr Adams and family

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Easter in the park, Ilford (1939)Easter in the park, Ilford (1939)

Home movie19381 minsSilent Location: Epping Forest

This film offers a rare chance to see a toddler trying to start a car, before he trots through a London park with pipe-smoking father.

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Spring Comes to TownSpring Comes to Town

Travelogue194712 mins Location: Hyde Park

Stroll through Hyde Park in your winter coat, but with the daffodils beginning to bloom, spring is nearly here!

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Snowdrop Season on the FarmSnowdrop Season on the Farm

School programme and Educational film19588 minsSilent Location: Maesmawr Hall

Spring on the farm: there's never a dull moment with thirsty lambs, braying baby donkey, hedge-laying, gate-hanging and wood-chopping.

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Pwllheli May Day Celebrations 1929Pwllheli May Day Celebrations 1929

Non-Fiction19297 minsSilent Location: Pwllheli

Pwllheli basks in the sun and enjoys a community event that includes 2 Queens, 4 horses, a bride & groom, a bunch of bananas and the fire brigade.