Title ID 1519Collection ID480
Title[A ‚ÄėCapitol‚Äô Newsreel by Clifford Spain IV]
Date1932 - 1937
CollectionClifford Spain
ThemeUrban Life Commemoration
KeywordsCelebrations Children Communities Coronations Cultural Events Dance Fetes Fire Services Games Leisure Time Activities Rivers Sport
LocalHersham Oatlands Shepperton Walton-on-Thames Weybridge
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionThe Capitol Jubilee Gazette (~[Local Coronation Celebrations May 12th 1937]~ and ~[Jubilee Day May 6th 1935]~)
ParticipantsMr Leslie Henson; Mrs Heather Thatcher
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration51 min. 10 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of films of local interest which which were exhibited in a newsreel format at the Capitol Cinema in Walton-on-Thames by its manager Clifford Spain. The films record community events including fetes, and Coronation and Jubilee celebrations. A large proportion of the footage films the people who attended the events.


[Surrey District National Fire Brigades' Association Annual Fire Brigade Competitions] (25 June 1932) Firemen compete in various races on the recreation ground at Walton-on-Thames.

Walton, Hersham and Oatlands Cottage Hospital Garden Fete Large crowds visit a garden fete which offers games, a tea room and a beauty contest.

Scenes at Walton Inter-works River Gala (14 July 1934) Crowds line the banks of the River Thames to watch a rowing race and teenage boys attempting to cross a slippery pole.

[Local Coronation Celebrations May 12th 1937] (12 May 1937) The residents of Weybridge, Oatlands and Walton-on-Thames celebrate the Coronation of George VI at outdoor events. There are performances by young dancers and male gymnasts, a fireworks display and a street party.

Scenes at the 2nd Annual Sports Meeting Shepperton & District British Legion (1 August 1932) Spectators and entrants enjoy various amateur sporting races at Shepperton.

Scenes at Weybridge Hospital Fete (6 July 1932) A large multigenerational crowd is filmed at a fete - the visitors participate in games, including hoopla, and ride on the merry-go-round.

Open-air Boxing at the Comrades Club, Russell Road, Walton-on-Thames (9 July 1934) Images of an open-air boxing match.

[Jubilee Day May 6th 1935] (6 May 1935) The film opens with a shot of Walton-on-Thames' Capitol Cinema - its exterior is bedecked in Union Jacks. The residents of Hersham and Walton-on-Thames are filmed celebrating the Silver Jubilee of George V. Celebrations include a street party, a gymnastics display, children's races and boxing, and a bowls competition.


a still from [A ‘Capitol’ Newsreel by Clifford Spain IV] (1932-1937)