Title ID 1497Collection ID399
Title[Thames Ditton village fairs]
Date15 June 1963; 6 June 1964
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsChildren Communities Fetes Parades Fire Services Leisure Time Activities
LocalThames Ditton
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr Aldridge [?]
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short amateur film features the Thames Ditton Congregational Church Village Fair over the period of two years. There are shots of the parade as it passes through the centre of the village; the carnival queen can be seen with her two attendants. At the fete, people play on side stalls and children ride on the miniature steam railway.


The film opens with shots of a group of people decorating a float which reads: "Motorcycle Repair Service", "If this happens to you come to us" and "If you bend 'em, we mend' em". Shots of the parade follow on Station Road and Watts Road; a decorated car carries the carnival queen and her two attendants. There are a number of close-ups of the various floats and a vintage fire engine - "Jezabel" decorated for the parade. People have gathered outside the shops on the street the watch the procession.

The second part of the film opens with shots of the parade in the High Street and on Watts Road. Shots of the carnival queen and her two attendants; children and adults are dressed in various costumes and sit on or walk alongside the floats. At the fair, children play on side stalls and people make purchases at the tabletop sale. A miniature steam railway carries a full load of children around the field. The film ends with general shots of the fair where a number of the members of Thames Ditton United Reformed Church can be seen.