|Title ID||4013||Collection ID||121|
|Theme||Wartime and Military Commemoration|
|Keywords||Cars Commemorative Events Memorials Monuments Parades Racing Railways Roads Trains|
|Format||Standard 8mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
A portrait of Brighton made by a local amateur cameraman, featuring several notable events such as the Veteran Car Rally and Armistice Day.
Passengers board the Volk’s Electric Railway at the Aquarium Station. The train travels up and down the seafront. Colourful crowd scenes at the Brighton Racecourse show punters placing bets with bookmakers and awaiting the start of the race. There is a brief shot of the horse race itself. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally is seen from a moving vehicle. There are many shots of the vintage cars on the road, and several being repaired on the roadside. In Brighton, the cars arrive on Grand Parade alongside more modern cars and on Madeira Drive crowds of onlookers line the roadside. The cars park up, and the crowds mill about and chat with the cars’ owners. Several wintry scenes follow; a view though bare winter trees of a factory, a misty country lane and autumn leaves on the ground. An Armistice Day service takes place at the war memorial on Old Steine. Servicemen and women, war veterans and civilians gather around the memorial, where small crosses have been placed in the ground. Military bands and veterans march past the Royal Pavilion. Back at the memorial more people plant small crosses in the ground, others look at the wreaths of poppies and floral tributes. There is a close-up of the Armistice Day Assembly Ground plaque before the film concludes with a general view of the war memorial.
John Mitchell, the film-maker, was a member of the Brighton & Hove Photographic Club. He made several film portraits of Brighton and Hove and Sussex, primarily focusing on visitor attractions. In this film, however, he includes the more sober subject of an Armistice Day service.
Screen Archive South East has many other films focusing on Brighton. Beautiful Brighton and Hove (ca. 1960), Brighton Pictures I, II & III (1960s) and Brighton (1957) are all portraits of the town made by amateur film-makers. In addition, it has several films which recorded Armistice Day events across the decades. These include Local News Film (1930s), Leatherhead Newsreel (1940 - 1945) and [Chichester Air Training Corps. Past and Present] (1964 - 1970s).