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Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow
Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.
Amateur film 1982 4 mins
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An estimated 750 million people were glued to the telly to watch Lady Diana and Prince Charles tie the knot in 1981 and the residents of Harrow were no exception. Aside from the occasional street party, the streets are empty and shops closed as events unfold on a flickering TV set at home. Then came the snow and one of the severest winters on record.
These news items shot by the local cine society record major national events from a local perspective. A family gather round their TV set in the living room to watch the newlyweds walk up the aisle and local press reports how Harrow became a ghost town for the day. The coverage of the record-breaking winter of 1981 documents the heavy snowfall, problems on the roads and the fun had by children who took to the slopes with sledges. It was a drawn-out winter and January 1982 saw some of the coldest temperatures of the century whilst parts of the UK had their first white Christmas since 1970. This film is from the collection of Harrow Local History Library, a member of the London's Screen Archives Network.
The Wedding of Kathleen and Idris
Amateur film 1955 10 mins Silent Location: Llanarmon-yn-Ial
Beautiful but unusual wedding film in that a pig makes a brief and unexpected appearance, and the bridesmaids appear to be going off on honeymoon with the bride and groom.
A Momento of your Wonderfull Day
Amateur film 1968 10 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
The groom, Robin Varley, waiting on the steps of the Tabernacle Chapel, in Powell Street, Aberystwyth, on 19/10/1968, looks at his watch. Where is she, his bride, Beryl Jones?
“Let’s Dream” Introducing Clarkson-Richardson Wedding
Amateur film 1949 9 mins Silent Location: Jarrow
A beautiful memento of a post-war wedding in Jarrow on South Tyneside.
The Wedding, the Beekeeper, the Pigs and the Broads
Home movie 1933 10 mins Silent Location: Pendine Sands
Brayshays in Laugharne, Buckleys at Llangynin, 'Voyager' on the Thames, 'Seafarer' on Pendine Sands and 'Herzogin Cecilie' on the rocks.
Non-Fiction 1920 10 mins Silent Location: Devon
Bright young things thereto plight troth in a society wedding.
The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
Amateur film 1956 14 mins Silent Location: Pinner
Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.
Protest March to Ruislip via Harrow
Amateur film 1964 1 mins Location: Harrow
A spirited march and large, bombastic banners mark this political protest against the positioning of nuclear arms in Ruislip's USAF base.
Schools in Harrow
School programme and Educational film 1947 20 mins Silent Location: Harrow
State schools in the London borough
Amateur film 1977 6 mins Location: Harrow
Pomp and pageantry reign and St George is resurrected for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in this colourful newsreel from 1977
Amateur film 1971 16 mins Location: Harrow
There's stardust in the air in Harrow and not all is at it seems at a house fire in Northwood – watch to find out why.
Amateur film 1966 14 mins Location: Harrow
Steam trains large and small and summer time fetes and fairs feature in this amateur newsreel from 1966.
"Oh to Be in England"
Amateur film 1947 13 mins Silent Location: Harrow
Bluebells, wisteria and snowdrops feature in this lovely colour film showing the effect of nature on the London suburb of Harrow after the war.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.