Film ID:
YFA 1724



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In 1935 the city of Bradford organized many events to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of George V.  Events included historical re-enactments in Peel Park as well as processions through the city and evening bonfire celebrations.   

The film begins in Peel Park, Bradford where a large number of people are re-enacting a battle scene.  It has been filmed from the back of the stand and over the tops of the heads of the spectators.  The battle is fought with swords and shields.  One side is dressed in medieval armour, and some are on horseback.  Several horse and carts make their way across the park along with a group of hooded monks dressed in black.  These are followed by large numbers of boys and girls, mainly girls, dressed in historic costume, who gather around a monk holding a crucifix.  Then knights in armour ride in on horseback.  They carry shields with the St. George Cross on the front, and are followed by children.  Groups of people then dance around in circles holding hands.  Then a crowd gather around someone who climbs onto a barrel, before being dispersed by soldiers.  Another crowd of women watch an official pinning a notice to an obelisk.   

Next there is a re-enactment of a battle from the English Civil War with large numbers of people dressed as Roundheads and Cavaliers.  They are on foot and on horseback and engage in a running battle.  The first part of the film finishes with the Cavaliers riding off. 

Title:  ‘Bradford’s Celebration begin with a Cathedral Service’   

At the Cathedral as the clock shows 10:50, a crowd watches a procession of uniformed soldiers enter the Cathedral.  They are followed by Canadian Mountebanks.  A brass band plays outside the Cathedral for the arrival of the Mayor and other dignitaries. 

Intertitle:  ‘The City puts on its Gala Dress’    

Two men on ladders put garlands around a lamp post.  A trolley bus goes by, and the town centre is filled with people who go about their business and includes a group of boy scouts.  More streets are shown with buildings covered in bunting and union jack flags.  The Alhambra Theatre is decorated with a banner announcing ‘Red Riding Hood.’ 

Intertitle:  ‘Firing of the Royal Salute’    

At PeelPark people have gathered into long line, and a military parade is making its way into the park.  A large crowd watches a line of guns fire a salute. 

Intertitle:  ‘Jubilee . . . ation’    

In another part of the park many people walk around and sit on the grass.  A passenger boat cruises along lake along with many in rowing boats and canoes.  A large audience watches a brass band playing in the bandstand as well as one in the town centre.  More busy city centre streets are shown with trolley buses going by.  A trolley bus (an AEC English Electric) does a u-turn in the street and stops for an inspector.  This is followed by Daimler bus and a smaller vehicle with a large crown on top and heavily decorated. 

Intertitle:  ‘Illuminated Decorations’   

More decorations can be seen above the shops, such as ‘A Ridgeway & Co’ electrical and radio engineers.   

Intertitle:  ‘Flood Lighting’     

At night the decorations are lit around the city centre and on top of the buildings including Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.

Intertitle:  ‘Fairyland in Peel Park’     

There is a firework display at Peek Park. 

Intertitle:  ‘The Scouts prepare’    

A truck loaded with logs, cut branches, and twigs moves off to go to a bonfire.  Using a cart, a group of scouts take more timber for building a large bonfire.  Some men then haul the large logs on to the top of the bonfire, and the scouts push the heavy cart up a hill.

Intertitle:  ‘Denholme provides another huge beacon’    

A large quantity of branches and logs lay on the floor next to a great wooden frame for another bonfire, and the overall structure is built.   

Intertitle:  ‘The Lord Mayor lights Thornton Beacon’   

In almost complete darkness the Lord Mayor stands beside the bonfire.  A flame shoots up the side of the bonfire, and the whole bonfire goes up in flames producing a great light. 

Intertitle:  ‘ . . . & so ends a memorable day.’    

The remnants of the bonfire are seen before daylight, and the Union Jack waves from atop a flagpole.

‘The End’