|Title ID||3161||Collection ID||951|
|Title||Silver Jubilee Celebrations|
|Date||6 May 1935|
|Theme||Commemoration Cine Club Film-making|
|Keywords||Armed Forces Bicycles Carnivals Celebrations Commemorative Events Fetes Games Leisure Time Activities Monuments Parades Racing Royalty|
|Format||16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent|
|Duration||21 min. 50 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Filmed by several members of the Chichester Cine Camera Club, the town’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations are captured here in both colour and black and white. The film records the day’s events from the church parade in the morning to the fireworks in the evening and is intertitled throughout.
"British Film Institute (Chichester Branch) Presents"
"Jubilee Day in Chichester 6th May 1935”
The film begins in black and white with general views of the Market Cross and Chichester town centre. Crowds and participants gather for the morning church parade. There is a military band, military officers, the Fire Brigade, nurses and an elderly war veteran with lots of medals. The parade begins, led by a marching band, the mayor, aldermen and other dignitaries. The procession makes its way along the crowd-lined streets. Amongst those taking part are choir boys, the fire service, military bands, scouts and girl guides. The parade is shown from several angles, in colour and black and white.
“Mayor and Corporation of St Pancras take Dinner to the Almshouses”
A small procession, led by a mace-bearer and the mayor, carries trays to the Almshouses. Members of the procession, all wearing red rosettes, pose in a group outside the almshouses before going in.
“The Afternoon. Sports in the Recreation Ground”
A variety of races take place including men’s sprint, an obstacle race, a sack race and one involving bobbing apples. There is a tug-of-war contest and a band plays on the green. More races are shown: the finish of the egg and spoon race is in slow motion, a skipping race and a tug-of-war contest are also shown. People in fancy dress try to ride their bicycles as slowly as possible. There is a barrel rolling race, musical chairs and a wheelbarrow race (blindfolded). The band walk about playing their instruments. There is a brief shot of the mayor and mayoress, then the Daily Mail ‘Push Ball’ competition begins: two teams of men push a huge ball around the green, at one point they go right into the crowd. The mayor and mayoress award prizes to the competition winners.
“Meanwhile the Children are Entertained in Priory Park”
A large crowd of children watch a clown. Others try to hook ‘fish’ from the ground with fishing rods. Two little girls take part in a magician’s trick. Children watch a puppet show with piano accompaniment, then walk across the green in pairs. There is a brief shot of the mayor and mayoress. A group of girls perform a ‘folk-type’ dance. There is a shot of several girls dressed up with flowers playing on swings and further scenes of children in the park.
Colourful pictures of the evening’s carnival procession show the vast array of decorated floats and people in fancy dress. There are clowns and pirates, horse-drawn floats and cars decorated with flags, bunting and flowers. There are horseriders and bicycles too. At the beginning of the procession, a band plays while the floats line up and leave one by one for Priory Park. The day ends with a firework display in the park. The finale being ‘God Bless Our King and Queen’ spelt out in fireworks.
Chichester’s festivities, parade and sporting events recorded in this film were typical of the events organised in towns and villages throughout the country to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Amateur cinematography was hitting a peak in the mid 1930s and such festive occasions proved exceptionally popular subjects for cine clubs and lone moviemakers alike. Amateur cine journals positively encouraged people to go out and film the Jubilee celebrations. The May 1935 issue of Amateur Cine World magazine carries an article describing how best to go about making one’s own Jubilee film. It insists that success can only be achieved if the film is a cooperative effort, being captured by several cameras and that this would best be achieved by working with a cine club: “[...] by interchange of film prints, brilliant and important records will be obtained.” Indeed, this particular film of the celebrations in Chichester follows, practically scene for scene, the outline suggested in the Amateur Cine World article. The Jubilee celebrations provided an excellent subject for experimenting with the relatively new Dufaycolor. Members of the Chichester Cine Camera Club have used it to optimum effect in this film, capturing the flag-adorned streets, lively carnival floats and the vibrant fancy dress costumes.
Screen Archive South East holds several films depicting Jubilee celebrations in towns and villages around the region. Village Jubilations. Rustington Silver Jubilee Celebrations (1977) features the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V, whereas [Jubilee Celebrations. Franklin Street Brighton] (7 June 1977) and Ightham Coxcomb Fair. Golden Jubilee Celebration (2002) commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver and Golden Jubilees. Royal Silver Jubilee (1935) is an example of a commercially produced film of the 1935 event. This particular one was made by Pathéscope.