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Coronation Day - Hong Kong 12 May 1937
Crowds pack the streets of Hong Kong for a stunning procession of dragon dancers, drummers and stilt walkers in celebration of George VI's crowning.
Amateur film 1938 18 mins Silent
Sadly, the colour in the unique 8mm print of this film has badly deteriorated, leaving only an intense magenta. But this lends an eerily beautiful glow to the procession of gloriously decorated Chinese lanterns, drummers and lion and dragon dancers celebrating George VI's coronation - a lively contrast to the pomp and circumstance of the parallel events far away at Westminster Abbey.
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