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Wigan Mayoral Coronation Procession (1902)

The sun shines on the mayor's procession in Wigan to mark the coronation of Edward VII.

Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Silent


Some particularly deft camera positioning gives this film of Wigan's coronation procession an extra charge. The procession approaches the audience head-on - before turning off just in front of the camera. It's a striking effect, reminiscent of French film pioneers the Lumière Brothers who, so legend has it, had naïve audiences straining to get out of the way of an oncoming train.