Title ID 1566Collection ID1288
TitleCoronation Celebrations in Horley
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsChildren Commemorative Events Parades Youth
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot Known
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration8min. 31sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This fast-paced amateur film captures celebrations in Horley during the coronation year of 1937. A parade moves through the town including a marching band, decorated floats and a fire engine. In a field, children take part in organised races, exercises and marching.


The film opens with crowds of people gathered in the street forming a parade line; a man in uniform sits on a horse in the middle of the road. The film cuts to show two ladies and a toddler in a front garden. Returning to the crowds, a Policeman rides on a penny farthing cycle and a brass band plays. This is followed by fast-moving shots of a parade, including a marching band, fireman riding on a fire engine, decorated horse-drawn carriages, trailers and motor vehicles.

In the next section, there are scenes of children taking part in a series of sports day style egg and spoon races on a field; spectators are looking on from the edge of the field. Children queue up outside refreshment tents to be served a drink. There is a shot of a boy dressed as an onion seller, a string on onions hang around his neck. The film ends with shots of children assembled on the field taking part in mass gymnastics and physical training style marching displays.