Title ID 6976Collection ID959
Title[Carnival Time]
Date[ca. 1960s]
CollectionGillings Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsCarnivals Parades Women Fancy dress Clothing Companies Clubs Food Dance Seaside Resorts
LocalHove Brighton
RegionalBrighton & Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMichael Gillings
CameraMichael Gillings
FormatColour Silent
Duration18 min. 34 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes filmed at the 1967 Lyons Carnival in Brighton, as participants prepare to move off, during the parade, and their arrival at Preston Park, filmed by Michael Gillings.


Participants in the Lyons Carnival 1967 assemble at Grand Avenue in Hove. A Carnival Queen sits in the back seat of a veteran motorcar. Decorated floats for local and national companies stand in wait. A paddle steamer float reads 'Brittains Bells', another 'Penny Gobby House School'. A mock steam train reads 'Urban District of Epson and Ewell'. A group of women in fancy dress sit atop an Emanuel Coiffeur float. Brighton's Regency Cleaners are suited and costumed, standing on their float, displaying a picture of the Royal Pavilion. Others are dressed in yellow for the Yellow Pages float. A fire truck displays a sign reading 'Sussex Normandy Exhibition 17th - 24th Sept. 1966'. Women dressed as French maids sit amongst a bed of flowers on a hotel's float. A towering red devil figure stands atop a Mini Cooper in the name of the Devil's Bar. A Carnival Queen, wearing a white dress, sash and crown sits on a float decorated with streamers. A band of Ghurkas, in white and black uniforms, have lined up in preparation to move off. A young woman in a white bikini sits on a Sunblast float. Another is dressed up to stand on the Evening Argus float. A large model of a naval warship stands on the road, in aid of the Sussex Division Royal Naval Reserve. Men and women in 1920s outfits dance to music played by a live band for King Entertainments. Others are dressed as mermaids and Egyptians. Several women sit on a large model of a cake, decorated with flowers, for C. T. Culpitt & Son Festival Cake Decorators of Eastbourne. Nina and Fredrick, Danish singing celebrities, enjoy the crowd's attention.

The carnival moves off. Further floats for Wimpy and the Royal Navy, Carnival Queens and Findlater, The Martha Gunn, Kodak, Brittains, Hove Amateur Boxing Club, Denziloe, Morris 8 Club, National Deaf Children's Society, Findus, a Chinese Dragon, a Greek temple with women in white dresses as columns, and several marching bands, pass along the route, arriving at Preston Park.