Title ID 5247Collection ID728
Title[Broadstairs Annual Dickens Festival 1962 + 1963]
Date[1962 - 1963]
CollectionEnid Briggs pt2
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fiction
ThemeCommemoration Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Cultural Heritage Commemorative Events Festivals Houses Performing Arts Local History Fancy dress
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEnid Briggs
CameraEnid Briggs
FormatColour Silent
Duration7 min. 47 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes of the Broadstairs Annual Dickens Festival parade and musical performances, filmed by Enid Briggs in the early 1960s.


The film opens with shots of a bust of Charles Dickens in the garden of Bleak House and the union jack flying atop the roof. A parade of participants dressed in period costume through a street follows. "A Tale of Two Cities" at the Community Hall, 1962 is advertised. The parade continues past a crowd of spectators in deck chairs in the garden of Bleak House. Participants are filmed talking to one another in groups. A female performer in period costume sings accompanied by a pianist on stage. Panning shots of houses along the sea front and children playing musical chairs follow. A minstrel act sings and dances for a seated audience. Children play a ball game below the stage. School girls in pink dresses skip and dance in a choreographed performance for the crowd. The film closes with a further minstrel performance.

Contextual information

The Broadstairs Dickens Festival takes place annually in the third week of June. As owner of the Dickens House, Gladys Waterer established the festival in 1937 to commemorate the centenary of the author's first visit to the town. A production of David Copperfield was put on, and participants dressed in period costume to publicise it.

See [Broadstairs Annual Dickens Festival 1959 and 1960] (5245) for film of the 1959-1960 Broadstairs Dickens Fesitvals.

For early film of the annual Dickens Festival see [Broadstairs & St. Peter's Items] (1023).

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Broadstairs Dickens Festival

An annual festival held in Broadstairs, Kent to celebrate the life and work of Charles Dickens.