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Victorian Fair - Holywell, 1984

The people of Holywell become Victorian ladies and gents for a day and mind the rolling barrels!

Home movie 1984 4 mins Silent

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The streets of Holywell, Flintshire, are given over to stalls and stocks, a hog roast and competitive barrel rolling. Judo demonstrations and folk dancing take place in the park. The costumes include a Welsh tweed cape of modern origin but Victoria would probably have loved it! Filmed by Charles William Staniforth (d. 2010), the film closes with shots of his garden, tended by his green-fingered wife Catherine (d.2012), who worked at the Courtaulds factory, Greenfield.