|Title ID||1141||Collection ID||60|
|Date||[1937 - 1946?]|
|Collection||Sevenoaks Cine Society|
|Theme||Cine Club Film-making Wartime and Military Case Study The Home Front|
|Keywords||Armed Forces Celebrations Ceremonies Civil Defence Commemorative Events Coronations Fetes Games Parades Second World War (1939-1945) Youth Organizations Wars|
|Format||16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent|
|Duration||15 min. 30 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A compilation of films beginning with the Coronation procession of King George VI, followed by wartime parades in Sevenoaks.
A scrapbook’s pages are turned to reveal titles. The first film in the compilation shows the 1937 Coronation celebrations in colour. Shops and buildings are decorated with red, white and blue flags and bunting. There is a brief shot of household cavalry riding towards Buckingham Palace. “The Coronation Procession” includes shots of military bands and cavalry, and the gold Coronation coach. “Wartime Parades in Sevenoaks 1940-45” Members of the Civil Defence Services (CDS), St John Ambulance women and Red Cross nurses gather for a parade in Sevenoaks. Officers, dignitaries and troops gather at the parade ground. An officer addresses the crowds. Awards are given to women of the St John Ambulance (?). Further scenes of the parade on the street show officers taking the salute from passing CDS, youth groups and troops. The various groups gather on the parade ground for inspection. Colour scenes of a fete follow. Children play games at a variety of stalls, and take part in different types of races. Mothers queue at a stand to have their babies weighed. There is a brief shot of two YMCA tea vans. Further shots of the parade ground show officers, dignitaries, onlookers and troops departing.
This compilation was put together by the Sevenoaks Cine Society but it is not known who the individual film-makers were. The focus on one main subject (St John Ambulance women) would suggest that most of the compilation was shot by the same person.
The colour material of the coronation is on early Kodachrome and shows a fade to red, characteristic of the early years of this colour stock; this is not evident in the colour material later in the compilation.
1937 coronation festivities can also be found on [Crawley Events] (1928 - 1937). Further examples of wartime parades and newsreels in Screen Archive South East’s collection include Walton’s Parade for Victory (1941), Civilians in Uniform (ca. 1946) and Leatherhead Newsreel (1939 - 1945).