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Harold Defries Bar Mitzvah
Some serious moves can be seen by guests of all ages in his lovely film showing the Bar Mitzah celebrations of Harold Defries in London in 1960.
Amateur film 1960 9 mins
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1960 was the year of the twist and that is one of many moves on display at this Bar Mitzvah celebration in London. It starts so politely, with guests in evening dress formally welcomed by a doorman in red tailed jacket. Things get busier when the guest of honour arrives and he’s dragged round the dance floor by an older relative. Soon, everybody’s dancing – young and old – with many showing off the recently introduced twist and others jiving, waltzing or just generally boogieing.
Jewish Britain on Film
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Amateur film 1962 2 mins Location: Redbridge
Local emergency services spring into action to put out blaze and protect rubbernecking residents in Redbridge, north-east London
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Amateur film 1960 11 mins Location: Redbridge
Playtime in the garden for two young London children, including a large element of slapstick fun.
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Amateur film 1959 5 mins Location: Redbridge
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Amateur film 1955 2 mins Location: Woodford
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Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
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Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
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Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
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Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.
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Amateur film 1950 9 mins Location: Clacton-On-Sea
The essence of a relaxed family holiday at Clacton, Essex in September 1950
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