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Around & About 1947

Abergavenny, Cardiff, Llansamlet, Merthyr, Pengam, Taffs Well, Tonyrefail, Troedyrhiw – all around and about south Wales and all part of the agricultural/horse show season.

Amateur film 1947 18 mins Silent

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Reginald George Iles, Acting Joint Hon. Secretary for the South Wales and Monmouthshire Agricultural and Horse Shows Association, shot this film with the avowed aim of showing people how integral the agricultural industry was to their lives. It features a number of shows/gymkhanas in south Wales, ranging from Cardiff Corporation's and Merthyr Tydfil's in May to that of Pengam and Fleur-de-Lys in July.

Whether or not this film succeeds in its declared intention of 'bringing to the notice of the general public the value of the agricultural industry to the needs of the people' it is certainly a good record of shows of the period. It is interesting that the association, should feel it necessary to highlight the importance of the industry so soon after the war when the rationing, food shortages and convoys would have impressed on people the importance of the food/agricultural industries.