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Coronation Celebrations in Burgess Hill.
A week of Coronation festivities feature in this bunting laden film from 1953. Also seen are various silly races, Coronation mugs, a fancy-dress Carnival and a bonfire finale.
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Local headmaster, A. C. Barnden, filmed the entire week of celebrations and festivities that marked the Coronation of Elizabeth II. Starting at the end of May we see Lloyds bank and various Burgess Hill shops decked out in bunting prior to an outdoor Thanksgiving Service. A variety of novelty races are followed by a torch-lit parade and bonfire. We then see Coronation mugs handed out to children, more games and the start of the Carnival. Watch out for the Everest themed float.
The filmmaker, Mr A. C. Barnden, was Headmaster at the London Road School in Burgess Hill. The school was demolished in May 1989.
Non-Fiction 1936 8 mins Silent Location: Hitchin
By George! (and Mary)... Patriotic crowds pack the streets of Hitchin for exuberant coronation celebrations.
Amateur film 1937 4 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A proud expression of Jewish identity and heroism at a Coronation parade to the Eldon Square World War One memorial in Newcastle.
Coronation Street Party - Parc-Y-Dre Road, Ruthin, 1953 Coronation Street Party - Parc-Y-Dre Road, Ruthin, 1953
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Right royal revels in Parc-Y-Dre Road involving a decorated donkey, a mystery man and a pile of greenery and cardboard that will provide a community beacon at dusk.
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Documentary 1953 2 mins Silent Location: Woodford
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Amateur film 1937 6 mins Silent Location: Westminster
The streets of Westminster and Camberwell are festooned with bunting and banners in preparation for the Coronation of George VI in this remarkable colour film from A E Ford.
Amateur film 1947 5 mins Silent Location: Burgess Hill
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