Title ID 7197Collection ID876
Title[Westbourne Flower Show and Fete]
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeRural Life Family Life
KeywordsFetes Communities Food Games Plants Fancy dress Family Villages Birthdays Old Age
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
ParticipantsDavid Dunning (BBC Radio 4 Presenter)
FormatColour Sound
Duration5 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A two part film. The first film shows highlights of the Westbourne Flower Show and Fete, with views of the stalls and show tents. The film-maker provides the voice-over, accompanied by music and sync sound from the event. The second film shows a birthday event for an older woman, with birthday cards and the cutting of a decorated birthday cake.


The film-maker introduces the Westbourne Flower Show; 'The sun shone for the Westbourne Flower Show and Fete.' Inside a large marquee, tables have been laden with cakes on paper plates, fruit and vegetables and ornamental displays neatly arranged in their class having been judged for the competition. A card reading 'First Prize' rests on one of the fruit cakes. The winner stands beside her winning cake; 'a lucky exhibitor'. Close-ups of flower arrangements and vegetables are neatly arranged on adjacent tables as owners look to see if they have been awarded a prize in the show.

Outside on the green, a bric-a-brac stall displays objects for sale, a boy throws a ball to smash crockery fixed to a wire mesh, whilst another plays a traditional game of skittles. Other family groups wander around looking at the stalls and visit the competition show tent.

The narrator stands with a woman and an old couple in the field. He says entries are up in the flower arranging competition; 'Not too bad at all'. A band of three jazz/swing band musicians plays at the fete. Visitors are heard talking, singing and socialising with friends as recorded at the event. The commentary remarks on the enthusiasm for the event, first held in 1966. A woman wears a fancy dress costume, carrying a sign reading 'Pick Pocket for 30p'. The show prize-giving cups are seen on a table and being given out to competition winners by a Radio 4 presenter, who then pose for photographs.

The second film shows an unrelated birthday event with birthday cards and a decorated birthday cake. An elderly woman cuts the cake with a knife posing for the camera as she does so.