|Title ID||4369||Collection ID||410|
|Title||[Jubilee Celebrations; Franklin Street Brighton]|
|Date||7 June 1977|
|Keywords||Celebrations Children Commemorative Events Communities Cultural Events Dance Entertainment Games Leisure Time Activities Roads Royalty Urban Areas|
|Format||Black & White Sound|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
An amateur film, which was shot and edited on B/W video (Portapak), records one of the thousands of street parties which took place across Britain in 1977 to celebrate HM The Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. This party occurs on Franklin Street in Hanover, a residential district of Brighton.
A hand-drawn sign proclaiming "Silver Jubilee 1952-1977 Franklin Street" stretches out above the residential road, hung aloft between opposite rooftops, alongside rows of bunting. After final preparations are made, the street party begins in earnest with a parade of children in fancy dress - a toddler dressed as a Red Indian; a young boy wearing an oversized OXO cube; a pair of boys imitating Tweddledum and Tweddledee. The winning entrants are walked down the cul-de-sac in front of a small crowd - a man interviews them over a amplification system - the first-placed child is dressed as a souvenir Jubilee mug. The crowds begin to grow as the day progresses - elderly women participate in a dancing competition; a children's marching band performs along the street; children compete for sweets in running races. Two rows of tables and chairs are set up on the road - the partygoers enjoy an outdoor lunch of finger food. After eating, the children are entertained by two magicians (one just a boy himself) and by a band of young men who play accompanying music for a game of musical chairs, a sing-along and finally a multigenerational Hokey-Cokey dance.
[Jubilee Celebrations. Franklin Street Brighton] (7 June 1977) is the earliest video recording held at Screen Archive South East. It was filmed and edited by Janette Grabham, a resident of Franklin Street and a recent graduate of a college film and video course who was interested in documentary video. She utilized the equipment at Brighton Polytechnic, borrowing a Portaback - the first of the portable B&W video cameras manufactured - and editing it at the institution. The edited video was subsequently screened to the local residents and at the Polytechnic.
The 1977 Silver Jubilee followed the pattern of Britain's other 20th century Coronation and Jubilee years, namely initial public apathy and concerns about expense being replaced by gradual participation and finally by mass extravaganza and involvement. The 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 1977 was marked by events which spanned the year. A Royal procession to St. Paul's Cathedral on the 7th June marked the culmination of the official celebrations and was supported across the country by thousands of street parties. Individual streets and neighbourhoods came together, as they had done for the 1937 and 1953 Coronations and for VE Day, to celebrate the anniversary with dancing, singing, competitions and food. The street parties however represented much more than a Royal anniversary, for they generated a sense of community and unity largely absent in everyday life in Britain - as one participant recalled, "for a ten-day period we forgot inflation, local problems, personal problems and all joined in some harmless fun - all ages, all classes, both the sexes were all at one." (Crown and People 191)
Screen Archive South East houses numerous other amateur films which record the community events that took place across the South East during the Silver Jubilee year. These include 1952-1977, Adisham, The Queen's Silver Jubilee (1952 - 1977), Godalming Jubilee Celebrations (1977), [Jubilee Fete Singleton 1977] (1977) and Jubilee Wye (1977).
Screen Archive South East also holds films which captured events that marked other 20th century Jubilees. For example, in Silver Jubilee Celebrations (1935) a local cine club filmed the celebrations taking place in Chichester to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V and in [Ightham Coxcombe Fair Jubilee Celebration 2002] (2002) an amateur film-maker captures the events taking place in the Kent village of Ightham for Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee.
In addition Screen Archive South East houses films which recorded the celebrations that occurred during the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Amongst these is The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1953), a professionally made colour film of the Coronation procession and ceremony. The amateur films [Coronation Celebrations in Burgess Hill] (1953) and Coronation Day in Godalming (1953) record two of the local, community celebrations which occurred across Britain - events included parades, fairs and sporting competitions.