Title ID 2204Collection ID165
TitleFun and Games at Horsham 1972
CollectionReg Charman
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Carnivals Communities Dance Fetes Hunting Leisure Time Activities Parades Sport
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionReg Charman
CameraReg Charman
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Duration22 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of amateur material with intertitles, music and commentary which records several community events in Horsham during 1972. The events include the Lion's Gala and Horsham Carnival.


Families are entertained by funfair rides, a Punch and Judy show, a miniature train, and the world's longest bike at the 1972 Lion's Gala. Caledonian Airways Brass and Pipe Band perform for the crowds who have gathered at Horsham Park before children participate in various sports races including the relay, the high jump, and a sack race.

Women compete in a Pancake Race, tossing pancakes in frying pans as they run along a Horsham street.

The 1972 Horsham Carnival sees a procession of floats led by a military brass band moving towards the town's park. Entrants include the St. Leonard's Over 60 Club, and children dressed as characters from television shows including Star Trek and the Black and White Minstrel Show. Geoff Winship's Wild West Show give a performance of horse-riding acrobatics in the park. Later the crowds watch as a reenactment of the American Civil War is played out in front of them.

The film ends with sequences of miscellaneous material. A local hunt sets off from Brighton Road to the nearby woods. The Chanctonbury Morris Men perform to Horsham residents in one of the town's shopping squares. The ABC cinema marks the release of Paint Your Wagon with a children's fancy dress competition. Children wear cowboy outfits and a group of horseriders follow a horse and wagon as it processes from the cinema.