Title ID 1294Collection ID198
TitleCoronation Day in Godalming
CollectionGodalming films
KeywordsCarnivals Celebrations Commemorative Events Coronations Cultural Events Dance Entertainment Parades Performing Arts
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr H. G. Fairman
CameraMr H. G. Fairman
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration15 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A record of the carnival procession and entertainment in Godalming to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.


The film opens with the title 'Coronation Day in Godalming'. The film records the procession as it goes twice through the town centre and includes floats and tableaux from various Godalming organisations. There are people dressed in mediaeval costume, children dressed as lambs with a woman dressed as Bo-Peep. A banner is carried reading "Over sea and air, Paine's goods go everywhere" (possibly advertising Alan Paine Ltd knitwear company, based in Godalming). There is a float for the "Townswomen's Guild Evening Section"; a float with mock scientific experiments and signs reading "The Wey Slip Plies Power" and "Electricity makes Vitamin D". A float for scouts, a marching brass band, winners of the fancy dress competition and a man dressed as a baby in a pram parade along the street. Further tableaux depict; a pirate ship, a space rocket with astronauts, the Godalming Young Conservatives, a woman dressed as Britannia riding in a motorcycle side car, and the Army Cadet Force. One float has a sign that reads "Homes of Peace and Love" and another reads "Aviation Progress", with men dressed as pilots. Commercial vehicles for "Diddlem Ltd. Dairy Farmers 25 High Street" and "F.J.Taylor, Carrier and Removals" are amongst the floats. The second section of the film records the performance of an Elizabethan style Masque. A woman dressed as Queen Elizabeth I watches as players perform dances, verse and act out dramas.