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Indian 11th Republic Day Celebrations at Leicester
Samosas sit alongside sandwiches as India's Republic Day is celebrated in fine style in Leicester.
News 1959 1 mins Silent
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In January 1959 Indian independence day is celebrated with a dance display and cold buffet in the city of Leicester. Lord Mayor Sidney Brown welcomes members of the city's small but thriving Asian communities well before Leicester was known as one of the most multi-cultural cities in the UK.
This early effort by Leicester's council to celebrate the culture of its Asian communities has since developed into the hosting of one of the largest Diwali celebrations in the world as well as the ever popular Belgrave Mela.
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Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Leicester
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Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
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Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
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Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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