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The Declaration of the Poll at Chertsey Town Hall

Crowds pack out Chertsey's streets to hear who their new MP will be

Documentary 1931 3 mins Silent


This handsome local newsreel is an accomplished and charming record of Chertsey crowds gathering for the announcement of the 1931 election result - where National Government candidate Archibald Boyd-Carpenter wins a huge victory. With the occasion so well attended, it's no surprise that the camera focuses on the spectacle of the town's packed streets: almost every shot is crammed with local faces.

The film was probably commissioned by local cinema director Clifford Spain, who produced and edited a number of local films to support his programmes at the Capitol cinema in Walton-on-Thames.