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Patterson: Solihull and Shirley Carnivals

With a fantasy view of history that would be home-from-home for Walt Disney, the people of Solihull and Shirley enjoy their costumed carnival revelries.

Amateur film 1938 18 mins Silent

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Part filmed in characteristically unreal Dufaycolor by Reginald Patterson this intriguing home movie compilation takes us back to a bright and colourful pre-war Britain. From the juvenile jazz bands and Romany dancers on carnival day to an elephant ride at Dudley Zoo alongside the 'bread and butter' of the home movie: the sports day, trips to the seaside and starring roles for the much loved family pets.