Title ID 3227Collection ID25
TitleVillage Jubilations: Rustington Silver Jubilee Celebrations
CollectionLittlehampton & Rustington Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
KeywordsCarnivals Celebrations Children Commemorative Events Communities Dance Domestic Gardens Exhibitions Mothers Music Parades Royalty
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionLittlehampton & Rustington Cine Club
CameraHarry Fine
ParticipantsJean Anderson; Miles Francis Fitzalan-Howard (the 17th Duke of Norfolk)
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Duration38min. 43sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film was produced by the Littlehampton & Rustington Cine Club and features Jubilee celebrations organised by the Rustington Jubilee Committee throughout 1977; the film is accompanied by a commentary.


[Opening credits]. The film opens with shots of posters in the village advertising the Jubilee celebrations and people decorating the village with bunting. At a committee meeting at a local church, the narrator explains that arrangements are being made for fundraising activities and to decide upon a programme of events. Shots of the Rustington Football Club's 'match of the day' on a recreation ground, accompanied by the 'match of the day' theme tune. Players in fancy dress can be seen taking part.

[05:21:04] At a cheese and wine tasting event, people are seen at the Georgian Gardens school sampling cheese and wine at small tables. A raffle is held and an actress, Jean Anderson picks the winning tickets from a large perspex drum, those present clap the winners as they go to collect their prizes. The next event featured is a craft display at the Methodist Church hall. The Duke of Norfolk is seen arriving, followed by shots of a Jubilee tableau and the crafts on display; a woman narrates this section, highlighting popular items and their makers. The film cuts to brief scenes of a football match organised by Rustington Junior Football club with clubs from Sussex and neighbouring counties, followed by a prize giving for a car treasure hunt; children sit at tables wearing 'Champion' baseball caps. A woman holding a microphone highlights flower arrangements at the Rustington Society of Floral Art Jubilee show [the sound deteriorates at this point in the film]. This section is followed by scenes of sports matches on playing field, including women's Stoolball tournament and a cricket match.

[19:28:19] Shots follow of children's party at school; the children are seen playing with balloons and sitting down to eat tea. A child picks up a Jubilee commemorative mug from the floor and there are shots of women clearing up afterwards and the children being given a commemorative mug.

Shot of a Silver Jubilee broach, followed by scenes of a baby show at the village hall and Dr. Cockcroft announcing the prize winners. Mothers pose with their babies. The village hall is also the venue for a disco for young people; they can be seen dancing, after which an election is held to nominate the Jubilee Princess. A man and the candidates stand on a stage and the winner is announced, she is given a garland and crown.

[24:55:19] The Jubilee Princess is seen taking part in the carnival procession; children and young people from a range of organisations are seen assembling at the starting point. The procession moves through the village, people are gathered along the route to watch. The procession ends up in a field, where a man announces the winners of the best group tableau. The following day pupils of Rustington County Primary School give a display of maypole dancing and the St. Andrew's ? club show give a display of highland dancing, following which the Littlehampton Brass Group are seen briefly performing a song.

[34:08:06] The narrator states that the public celebrations concluded with a public barbecue and 'grand family discotheque', people are seen dancing and queuing for food at the barbecue. Title: "Rustington Gardens Competition, Prize Winners. 1st Mr E.R.Day."; shots of the winning garden. Title: "2nd Mr C.G. Anderson"; shots of the garden, with flowers planted in the colours and pattern of the Union Jack. Title: 3rd Mr A F Baker; shots of the garden. The narrator concludes that the objectives of the Jubilee committee had all been met and all from the village had joined in and local organisations has benefited from money raised. Title: "4th Miss Howick"; shots of garden. The film ends with shots of new trees which had been planted during the celebrations. Title: "The End" with portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. [End credits].