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Boulter Family Films: Family and Friends Christmas Party, Becontree (1965)
Two-minutes glimpse of an East London Christmas part, with a small amount of present-opening and a whole lot of hat-wearing and raucous dancing.
Amateur film 1965 2 mins Silent
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Taken from the Boulter Family Films collection, this shows a mid-60s Christmas party in Becontree. A guest opens a present before the floor is cleared for some energetic dancing, possibly the Twist. Almost everybody wears a silly hat, and bonus points to the chap sporting the ruddy cheeks and drooping fag. It all looks a lot of fun. Interestingly, there’s little in the way of decorations, bar a few balloons.
Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service
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Boulter Family Films: Baby Girl And Father, Becontree (1964) Boulter Family Films: Baby Girl And Father, Becontree (1964)
Amateur film 1964 3 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Boulter Family Films: Christmas party, Becontree (1960s) Boulter Family Films: Christmas party, Becontree (1960s)
Amateur film 1966 4 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Boulter Family Films: London dockers, Royal Albert Dock (1964) Boulter Family Films: London dockers, Royal Albert Dock (1964)
Amateur film 1964 5 mins Silent Location: Royal Albert Dock
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Boulter Family Films: Christmas Party, Becontree (1964) Boulter Family Films: Christmas Party, Becontree (1964)
Amateur film 1964 12 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s) Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s)
Amateur film 1960 3 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Amateur film 1957 7 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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