Title ID 11565Collection ID1519
Title[Canterbury 1939 Part 3]
Date10th - 22nd July 1939
CollectionSydney Bligh
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionLocal Topical
ThemeCommemoration Urban Life
KeywordsArmed Forces Cars Ceremonies Children Civil Defence Commemorative Events Fire Services Performing Arts Dance Religious Buildings Schools Sport
LocalCanterbury Maidstone River Medway
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSydney Bligh
CameraSydney Bligh
ParticipantsLieut.Col.Halland; Frederick Charles Lefevre; Mrs. Hews; Dr. Harrison; Miss. Goodhew; Miss. Longhurst; D. James; M. Matthews; Z. Brennan; P. Besley; P. Roots; Pamela Barber; M. Skinner; A. Hulme; P. Bennion
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration09 min. 46 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


This is a newsreel made by Sydney Bligh capturing the key occasions, festivals and ceremonies in Canterbury and the surrounding area in July 1939. The film shows: a trip on the River Medway, A memorial service parade through Burgate, the Naval Cadets gym display, a fire brigade demonstration, and children dancing at the St. Bede's school.


All Saints Church & The Old Palace

The film starts with scenes captured from the river Medway, showing All Saints Church, the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone, and Maidstone's industrial centre.

10th July 1939 - Lieut.Col.Halland Inspects The Mobile Unit Of The Specials; The Mayor, Ald. Lefevre, Councillors Mrs. Hews & Dr. Harrison Were Present

The Mayor inspects the unit standing by their vehicles.

15th July 1939 - Members Of The C R A F A & Serving Members From Manston Aerodrome-Attended The Mannock Memorial Service At The Cathedral

Members of Canterbury's Royal Air Force Association parade in Burgate, Canterbury, walking towards the Butter Market and Cathedral. A title states "The Mayor Joined The Parade In The Precincts" as they are seen marching into the Cathedral. Another title reads "At The Mannock Plaque In The Nave" and shows scenes inside the Cathedral and scenes outside showing the men marching away.

13th July 1939. The Naval Cadets Gave A Gym Display At The Garden Fete Held By The Conservative Association

The cadets perform an open-air gymnastics display over a vault.

17th July 1939. Canterbury City A.F.S. "A" Division At Practice.

The city's AFS demonstrate their training. A further title reads: The Tangye Pump At Work Delivering 700 Gallons Per Minute Through 8 Branches. The firefighters direct the fire hoses into the air.

22nd July 1939. St. Bede's School Annual Open Day

"As This Is The School Jubilee Year, The Principal, Miss Goodhew, Presented A Bouquet To The Founder's Sister - Miss Longhurst, To Commemorate This Very Happy Anniversary" The bouquet is presented. Before a large seated audience outside, the school children perform dances for the open-day visitors. Titles describe the dances and name the children dancing. They are: "Dutch Dance By D. James & M. Matthews"; "Dance "We Three" By Z. Brennan P. Besley & P. Roots"; "Japanese Love Song" By Form III"; "The Polka By The Junior Class"; "Ballet "Flowers & Bells" By The Junior Class"; "Pas Seul By Pamela Barber"; "Jockey Dance" By M. Skinner, A. Hulme & P. Bennion" and "Drill By The School".

The Guests Take Tea

Finally the open-day visitors sit at tables outside for refreshments.


A still from [Canterbury 1939 Part 3]A still from [Canterbury 1939 Part 3]