Title ID 11572Collection ID1519
TitleCanterbury 1937 Part 3
Date2 July 1937 - 14 July 1937
CollectionSydney Bligh
Genre/TypeAmateurNewsreelNon-fictionLocal Topical
ThemeCommemoration Urban Life Rural Life
KeywordsCeremonies Commemorative Events Hospitals Exhibitions Pageants Religious Activities Rural Areas Animals Royalty
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSydney Bligh
CameraSydney Bligh; Peter Wood
ParticipantsDr. Hewlett Johnson (the Dean of Canterbury); Duke and Duchess of Kent
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


Part 3 of a newsreel made by Sydney Bligh showing the key occasions and ceremonies in Canterbury and the surrounding area during July 1937. The film includes Presentation of Colours to the Kent Branch of the British Red Cross, Conservative Garden Meeting, Pageant in Deanery Garden, Roman Catholic Pilgrimage to Canterbury, Opening of the new Hospital and a visit to the Kent County Agricultural Show.


Intertitle: Presentation of Colours to the Kent Branch of the British Red Cross Society by H.R.H. The Princess Royal. This takes place within the Cathedral and the precincts. Mary, Princess Royal, can be seen entering the Cathedral and leaving after the service. There follows a march past and an inspection of the East Kent Regiment and the Red Cross Nurses.

Intertitle: 2nd July 1937. Sir William Wayland M.P. at the Conservative Garden Meeting.

Intertitle: 3rd July 1937. Pageant of Crowning Through the Ages. Held in the Deanery Garden. Each stage of the pageant (acted by children) is titled: Pre Christian Ceremony, Crowning of Henry II, Crowning of the May Queen, Queen Victoria in Kensington Gardens, A London Street on May 12th 1937 and Final Tableau.

Intertitle: 7th July 1937. Roman Catholic Pilgrimage to Canterbury on the Dane John Terrace.

Intertitle: 14th July 1936 (?1937) Ceremony of Opening the New Hospital, by H.R.H. The Duke of Kent Accompanied by The Duchess. Intertitle: Many Thanks to Mr Peter Wood for the Shots Taken From the Hospital Balcony. Intertitle: The President, Mr W.K. Whigham, Receiving Donations and a New Ambulance Presented by Canon and Mrs Livett. Intertitle: His Grace the Lord Archbishop and Lord and Lady Willingdon Arrive for the Ceremony. Intertitle: His Grace the Lord Archbishop Receives Their Royal Highnesses. Intertitle: The President Reads an Address of Welcome and Invites His Royal Highness to Open the Hospital with a Gold Key. Intertitle: Proceeding to the Balcony, the Hospital is Declared Officially Open by His Royal Highness. Intertitle: His Grace Dedicates the Buildings, Pronounces the Blessing and the Ceremony Concludes with the National Anthem.

Intertitle: A Record of the Ceremony in Cement. The Duke of Kent's name is seen in mortar on the Foundation Stone dated 12 July 1935 along with Princess Marina's signed at the Opening of the Hospital on July 14 1937 Both slabs are seen built into the front of the Hospital at the laying of the Foundation Stone in 1935. External shots of the new Kent and Canterbury Hospital 1790-1987 follow.

Intertitle: Their Royal Highnesses now Visit the Kent County Agricultural Show and are Entertained to Lunch by President and Mrs Whigham. The Royal's enter the arena past a line-up of scouts. Intertitle: Some of the Guests Arriving. The Duke and Duchess of Kent (Prince George and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark) arrive in the enclosure with some clergymen and guests, and shake hands and chat with some dignitaries. Intertitle: Making their Way to the Ring. Intertitle: Jumping. Intertitle: The Harness Class. Intertitle: Slow motion shows their beautiful action. Intertitle: Parade of the Duke of York's Royal Military School Toy Soldiers. Cadets in period uniform march and perform manoeuvres. Intertitle: Tandem Class. Intertitle: Juvenile Jumping Class - Competitors under Fifteen Years. Signage around the arena includes: Robson's Poultry Foods and CWS (Co-operative Wholesale Society). Intertitle: In the Exhibition Flower Tent. Visitors view the interior flower displays.

Intertitle: Part 4 Will Follow in a Few Minutes.


A colour still image taken from TID 11572, showing a close up shot of the interior of one of the main show marquees at the Kent Agricultural Show, Canterbury. HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent, HRH Marina, Dutchess of Kent; and Society President Mr W.K. Whigham stand together talking as other guests arrive for the show.