Title ID 1288Collection ID178
Title[Claygate Coronation Celebrations; Afternoon Carnival Procession]
Date6 June 1953
ThemeCommemoration Rural Life
KeywordsCarnivals Coronations Cultural Events Motor Vehicles Parades
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionW G Balfour
CameraW G Balfour
Format9.5mm Colour Silent
Duration3 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film of the 1953 Claygate Coronation celebrations, involving a carnival procession followed by fireworks.


The film opens with a page from the programme of events reading: "Claygate Coronation Celebrations 1953. Saturday 6th June Afternoon Carnival Procession". The film of the carnival procession begins with crowds standing on the roadside, a group of women chat with each other and a man films the proceedings with another cine camera. The procession begins with a marching band and is followed by decorated floats and vehicles. Decorated vehicles, tableaux and participants in the parade include vintage cars, a Red Cross ambulance, people in Hawaiian style dress, children in fancy dress, Girl Guides, Scouts and Cubs, a Regimental band, the Townswomen's Guild, Carnival Queens and a float with Kings and Queens of the past listed on the side. Scenes of the procession are interspersed with scenes of crowds watching and other participants in the parade such as a woman on horseback, a girl waving a union jack flag and a pantomime horse. A sign on one float promotes a local business, stating; "If only she'd used a Claygate fireplace said King Alfred A.D. 878". An intertitle then reads: “By day and by night”. This is followed by final scenes of a bonfire and fireworks at night time.


A still from '[Claygate Coronation Celebrations; Afternoon Carnival Procession]' (1953) showing members of the procession in Hawaiian style costumes