Film ID:
YFA 3190

CARNIVAL

1958

Visitor Tabs

Description

This is a film which documents the annual fundraising carnival at the Newland Estate.

The film opens with exterior shots of the estate. At the gate and stretching around the block, there is a huge crowd of people lined up on the sidewalk waiting to enter the carnival. The entrance is decorated with colourful flags.

Inside the carnival there is a sign which reads, "Get your lucky programme here. Win 1 weeks holiday free for 2 at Butlins." Underneath that sign there is a poster of a woman in a bathing suit in front of a beach front resort. At the stand, there is an older man and a teenage boy selling programmes.
Next, the Lord Mayor is seated with his wife in the front row of a very large audience. He is then introduced by someone from the estate and proceeds to give a speech to the audience.

The entertainment portion of the day begins, and with a very large crowd watching, a group of girls dancing on the field. Then there is an awards presentation in which two young goys receive a large trophy. Another show begins featuring stunt riders dressed as "American Indians" performing different riding tricks on horses. The police force shows off their specially trained dogs that can do tricks as well as catch criminals. A scenario is set up in which a man steels a woman's purse. The dog then catches the mugger until the police are able to arrest him. After the dog show, a rescue helicopter lands in the middle of the field, and with the help of specially trained personnel, perform rescue operations. The army then comes on and performs an exercise with a large, rotating gun used to shoot down planes. The entertainment portion ends with a performance on the field by a marching band, possibly members of the navy.

The carnival also features many traditional carnival rides, and there are children playing in a boat set up on the grass. There are also different stands and displays set up including an RA display with a medal detector and a driving machine which tests your reaction time.

A boxing ring also provides some of the day's entertainment, and there is a large crowed gathered around to watch boys of different ages in matches.
The rest of the film features people at the carnival taking part in activities including children playing on the playground, being taken around in a horse-drawn boat, and races in the indoor swimming pool.

On stage Sooty the children's entertainer has come to put on a show. After his puppet show, he sits at a table outside and signs autographs for the children at a meet and greet session.

There are more shots of people about enjoying different carnival activities, and the film closes with a final shot of the Sailors' Children's Society flag.

Additional information on Sooty:
Sooty's genesis occurred in 1948 when, during a family holiday in Blackpool, a Yorkshire engineer and part-time magician named Harry Corbett chanced upon a glove puppet teddy bear in a novelty shop at the end of the seaside resort's famous north pier. "I'd always had a thing about teddy bears," noted Corbett, years later. "And this one had a cheeky face. It was almost as if it was saying, 'Don't leave me here.' " So Corbett parted with the princely sum of 7s 6d (38p.) and returned to the boarding house with his new partner-to-be housed within a brown paper bag. Corbett soon set about incorporating the puppet into his magic act with immediate success. It was in 1952 that the mismatched duo made their television debut on a BBC show called Talent Night, to instant success. The TV critic of the Sunday Express newspaper writing on 4th of May commented: 'Five minutes on the television screen last night established Harry Corbett's teddy bear as a rival to Muffin the Mule.' At that point, the bear was known simply as "teddy", and due to its decidedly sharp features, appeared to look more like a rat! Acting on advice to give the puppet a more distinctive look and its own name, the Corbett's carried out many experiments until they finally dubbed it's ears and nose with soot from the chimney. The result, and the character name which the look had suggested to them, ensured their place in televisual history.