Title ID 11585Collection ID1519
TitleMontgomery's Visit
Date20 October 1945
CollectionSydney Bligh
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWartime And Military Urban Life
KeywordsArmed Forces Cars Parades Second World War (1939-1945)
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSydney Bligh
CameraSydney Bligh
ParticipantsField Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Councillor J H B Young
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration02 min. 09 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


This film show Field Marshall Sir Bernard Montgomery coming to Canterbury to receive the Freedom of the City. He inspects the troops and gives a speech at the Guildhall.


This film follows on from TID: 11585 which shows Field Marshal Montgomery arriving in Canterbury on 20 October 1945. This film starts with him standing just inside the Westgate Towers with a large number of onlookers behind him. Onlookers and the press take photographs of the occasion behind him. "Monty" shakes hands and talks to a very tall soldier. Behind is seen the bus station sign reading 'Folkestone and all parts of East Kent'. Montgomery is then seen inspecting some soldiers with the tall soldier beside him. He then walks amongst the military band.

He is driven along St Peter's Street, with the soldiers marching before him and people following the car. He stands up in the car and salutes to the onlookers. In Guildhall Street with Gouldens behind him and the Guildhall on the right. Montgomery leaves the car and goes into the Guildhall building. Inside the Guildhall, Deputy Mayor Councillor J H B Young gives a speech, followed by Montgomery. After receiving the Freedom of the City he's driven past the cheering crowds.


A still from 'Montgomery's Visit' (1945)A still from 'Montgomery's Visit' (1945)

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