Title ID 741Collection ID190
TitleJubilee Wye 1977
Date7 June 1977
CollectionDonald Sykes
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsBicycles Celebrations Children Commemorative Events Coronations Parades Weather
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJ. Donald Sykes
CameraJ. Donald Sykes
Participantsfurther details available from the archive
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Silent
Duration9 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film showing the scenes and activities for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.


The film opens with views of the countryside followed by scenes, filmed from a moving car, of the streets of Wye, including: Wye Station and level crossing; Lower Bridge Street; Upper Bridge Street and the High Street. The streets are all decked with bunting to celebrate the Jubilee. The programme for the day’s celebrations is shown, indicating that a procession of floats, a fancy dress parade, a “grand village tea” and prize giving ceremony, evening entertainment and dancing were planned for the day. The film of the days events starts with people gathering and preparing for the float procession at Churchfield Estate. Decorated tableaux, many pulled by tractors and decked in Union Jack flags, parade along the streets including: a giant cake; a representation of the Royal Coat of Arms; cricketers and the Scouts. Many children in the parade wear fancy dress costumes, and a group of boys on ‘chopper’ bicycles follow some of the floats. The proceedings are then briefly interrupted by rain, shown by wet trestle tables and people sheltering from the shower. A prize giving ceremony is presided over by local dignitaries. The film finishes with some of the light decorations in the town at night. The film has been screened for the local community many times by the film-maker and is one of many made by Mr J. Donald Sykes focusing on scenes and events in Kent, including the Folkestone Carnival in the same year.


A still from 'Jubilee Wye 1977' - A street with bunting