Title ID 4162Collection ID505
Title[EXPO at Sussex]
Date20 July 1968
CollectionHarry Colley
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
KeywordsArmed Forces Cars Cultural Events Exhibitions Law Enforcement Motor Vehicles
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionHenry (Harry) Colley
CameraHenry (Harry) Colley
FormatColour Silent
Duration8min. 31sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film capturing some of the 1968 Sussex Expo at the Ardingly Show. The film, which includes intertitles, shows a range of vehicles being exhibited, a military exercise, a parade by Sussex Police as well as hot air balloons and parachutists in the sky above the showground.


The film opens with a close-up shot of a poster advertising the 1968 Sussex Expo. Title: "Arena Highlights"; dark shots of vehicles driving across the arena. Title: "Franks corps showing its paces; soldiers driving small military vehicles perform an exercise in the arena. Title: "One that could not make it"; one of the vehicles is seen stuck whilst trying to complete the manoeuvre and another is seen on its side having toppled over; the vehicle is turned back over. Title: "One of the few balloons"; shots of a hot air balloon rising and falling above the arena. Title: "The arena surroundings"; shots of the crowds. Title: "Sussex Police thro' the ages"; men parade in police uniform, holding signs which denote what period they represent. Title: "Sussex regulars in action"; soldiers are seen firing canons and setting off a smoke screen. Title: "A balloon interrupts"; shots of another hot air balloon above the showground. Title: "Then two little girls"; two small girls are seen walking on the edge of the arena. Title: "Old timers"; steam traction engines, tractors, farm machinery and vintage cars are seen being driven around the arena. Title: "Balloons take off"; more balloons are seen in the sky over the showground. Title: "The Parachute Boys"; the film ends with brief shots of parachutists descending into the arena, coloured smoke trails from behind them.