Title ID 6072Collection ID848
TitleEnd of an Era
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsArmed Forces Celebrations Parades Communities Religious Buildings Uniforms Local History Local Government
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
MusicLibrary music (marching band)
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration6 min. 56 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film marking the end of Reigate Borough Council in 1974, produced by the North Downs Cinematograph Society.


"With the advent of the new local authority boundaries, Reigate, as an independent power, passed into history." Naval officers gather on March 31 1974: "an end of an era, that had seen many changes since the granting of the Royal Charter in 1863." A parade of armed forces, scouts, marching bands provided a "colourful spectacle and a fitting tribute to past and present associations." The parade assembled at the Priory Grounds, led by the band of Queens Regiment, Air training Corps band, and Queens Colour Party. The borough flag is lowered in the presence of Thomas Curtis, the Mayor, "a solemn and moving moment for those watching." The borough flag was brought to rest in the Parish of St. Mary in the south transept after its dedication. Closing commentary: "Reigate as an individual Borough, will be remembered with affection, but to quote the words of Thomas Curtis, "we hope we can go forward in the new borough with the confidence and determination that Reigate will remain a pleasant place to live and work."