This film is part of Free

Dear Cambria

From Swansea (“its hurry and scurry, bang and rattle”) to Tenby, via Mumbles (“No, we’ll not make a joke about its name!”) and Worm’s Head (“Was there ever such a place for names?”).

Travelogue 1926 20 mins Silent

From the collection of:

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Dear Cambria is a "Land of Contrasts!" (as stated on opening inter-title) and this tinted & toned black and white film contains footage of a variety of places in south and west Wales. It opens with "Busy, Striving Swansea - city of toil with most soothing of names" and closes with Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire, looking gothically “grim in the gathering dusk”. In between are shots of a royal visit to the 1926 National Eisteddfod in Swansea, bardic costumes blowing in the wind.

The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) are the royal visitors and they are seen being received into the Gorsedd of Bards as "Albert o Efrog" and "Betsi o Efrog" (sadly not Bertie and Betsi), the breeze playing havoc with the bardic costumes. The Archdruid Howell Elvet Lewis [Elfed] is seen with the royal pair and receiving the ritual items - the sword, the Horn of Plenty and the Sheaf of Flowers. The film is mostly tinted but there are some tones (blue, sepia). Tinting gives the whole film – highlights and all - a wash of colour. Toning colours the silver image only (the highlights contain no silver so will not get coloured).