Title ID 3414Collection ID8
TitleRoyal Celebration Coronation Lindfield
Date2 June 1953
CollectionCyril Hayworth pt1
KeywordsCelebrations Children Commemorative Events Communities Coronations Games Lakes Leisure Time Activities Pageants Parades Racing Royalty Youth
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCyril Hayworth
CameraCyril Hayworth
SoundR.C. Rawling (Sound added in 1986/87)
ParticipantsMrs Anscombe (HRH Queen Elizabeth II)
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Duration17 min. 23 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film captures the residents of Lindfield celebrating the coronation of HRH Queen Elizabeth II at numerous outdoor events.


The colour footage contains images of Lindfield's streets and buildings bedecked in bunting. A souvenir programme and a telegram from the Queen are filmed. Spectators cover their ears when the anvil is fired during the day. Children and adults in fancy dress parade through the village, before prizes are awarded to the best-dressed. Children perform a royalty-themed pageant and people gather for a religious service. The camera films the people lining the banks of the village pond, outside the King Edward Hall. The pond plays host to a variety of games, including a boys' swimming race in which a fully-clothed man joins in. Numerous men then attempt to reach a piece of meat which is hanging from the end of a greasy pole. The games on the pond end with pillow fights on the pole - the competitors get covered in talcum powder as the pillows are hit against them. The daytime events end with races on the Common - children participate in races with dogs, balls, skipping ropes, obstacles and on bicycles.

The film ends with black and white footage of a nighttime torchlight procession, a bonfire and fireworks.


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