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Wild rides, fortune-telling gypsies and a Pearly dog all contribute to the delights and atmosphere of this nostalgic 1929 Bank Holiday film set on Hampstead Heath

Interest film 1929 3 mins Silent

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This amazing record of a 1929 Bank Holiday starts with huge crowds walking around a fairground on Hampstead Heath. A man tests his strength while others watch women sliding down the Helter Skelter. A gypsy tells fortunes as shots are fired at the Shooting Gallery. As Steam Yachts swing we see a Pearly King and Queen - with their Pearly dog. After more crowded rides and the Coconut Shy, we see fairground people and their children going about their daily domestic tasks