Title ID 9734Collection ID1232
Date1st February 1964
CollectionTomes Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurStudentNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeUrban Life Fashion
KeywordsBoats Ethnic Groups Film Making Games Houses Law Enforcement Leisure Time Activities Monuments Motor Vehicles Parades Roads Urban Areas Uniforms Fancy dress Clothing
LocalBattersea Barnes Sloane Square Piccadilly Regent's Street Knightsbridge Chelsea
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRichard Tomes
CameraGilbert Tomes
Other creditsRobert Bean
Format16mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour film with music soundtrack shows highlights of the Battersea College Rag Week with celebrations, pranks and events around London. The film was recorded by Richard Tomes during his first year as a student. Highlights include events on the River Thames between Barnes and Battersea and then on to London Regent Street, Sloane Square, Knightsbridge and Trafalgar Square.


The film opens with a push scooter relay on a busy road, followed by a rowing event into London along the Thames from Barnes. Students gather for the main events in West London including Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, Trafalgar Square and on Putney Bridge. They finally join up with Chelsea College of Art Student's Rag Week events on the Fulham/King's Road, raising money for charities and local groups.

Highlights of events and activities include: students in fancy dress playing tiddlywinks along the pavement; pram and bath races along busy roads, marshalled by Metropolitan Police officers; and students pretending to mountain climb along the pavement in full mountain climbing gear at Piccadilly Circus.

A group of boys push a piano down the street while playing it, eventually stopping for a group sing-along on the King's Road near Chelsea Public Library/Chelsea College of Art, before climbing onto floats/trucks to parade through Belgravia and Brompton with other Rag groups for a 'megaraid'. Several students are seen taking photographs and filming the events, whilst others sell copies of the 1964 Ragweek magazine along the route.

The film has opening and closing titles with opening credits, accompanied by a music soundtrack throughout.


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