Film ID:
YFA 2911

CIVIL DEFENCE EXERCISE ETC

1953-1960

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Description

This reel of film consists of a number of different films from varying years and film stocks.  The films included in this reel are in the following order:
Civil Defence Exercise
Halifax Town in Training and Match Day
Odsal, Bradford Cup Replay - Halifax v. Warrington
Eric Portman Opens New Shops
The Last Show at the Palace Theatre
Halifax Gala Procession to Manor Heath Park
The Halifax Show in Shibden Park
Halifax Civil Procession
Another Halifax Gala Procession to Manor Heath Park

Civil Defence Exercise (1953)
Black and White, fading, scratching, tramlines, 75 ft, 2.47min
This is a film featuring the Civil Defence during and exercise scenario about what would happen if Halifax were to be bombed.
The film opens with a title card reading July 12 -  Atom Bomb on Halifax Big Civil Defence Exercise.  There are many cars and trucks parked up and down the street.  Members of the Civil Defence are assisting the injured into the back of a truck acting as an ambulance.  Other men proceed to take a stretcher out of a second story window.  When they are able to remove the man from the house, the stretcher is placed into the back of an ambulance as well.  Additional Civil Defence members complete their exercise in the pouring rain. 

Halifax Town in Training and Match Day (1954)
Black and White, fading, scratching, tramlines, 79 ft, 2.57 min
This film features a football team in training as they lead up to the big game.
The film opens with a title card which reads July 28 - Town in training for the new season.  On the football field, the team is practicing, having a scrimmage game and running through various drills.
Next, the crowds make their way to the stadium to watch the big game.  Both teams run onto the field while the captains and the official perform the coin toss.  The match begins with the kick-off and some of the match is documented at mostly close range. 

Odsal, Bradford Cup Replay - Halifax v. Warrington (1954)
Black and White, fading, scratching, tramlines, 196 ft, 7.16 min
This film features a rugby final cup match.
The film opens with a title card that reads May 5 Ruby League Cup Final Replay.
There are cars on the street in the city centre, and the crowds begin to make their way towards the stadium.  The stadium is absolutely packed full of spectators.  A band plays to open the game and the two teams enter onto the field and line up.  The game begins with the kick-off, and shortly thereafter, the team in white uniforms scores.  More of the game is documented, and at the end, the winner holds up with trophy cup in celebration.  The team then loads onto the bus at the end of the night to leave the match. 

Eric Portman Opens New Shops (1953)
This is a short film of the opening of a shop in Halifax by noted film and television actor, Eric Portman.
The film begins with a title card which reads November 4th Eric Portman opens new Halifax store.  Three men, including Portman and one man with a dog, then walk across the street towards the store fronts.  A large crowd is gathered around to see the actor, and there are a few policemen present to help direct traffic in front. 

The Last Show at the Palace Theatre (1959)
Kodachrome, scratching, 66 ft, 2.26 min
This is a film documenting the closing of the Palace Theatre.
The film opens with a title card that reads The last show at the Palace - and soon after.  There are many people lined up in front of the theatre to see the last show, The King and I.  A few are also exiting cars parked in the front of the theatre and making their way in to see the show.  Inside the theatre, documented are a few scenes of the play including curtain call.  Finally, the film closes with a group of construction workers who are responsible for the demolition of the theatre building. 

Halifax Gala Procession to Manor Heath Park (c. 1960)
Kodachrome, scratching, tramlines, 116 ft, 4018 min
The film opens with a title card that reads Halifax Charity Procession.  Crowds line the street to watch the parade.  There are different floats which pass by featuring the name of local businesses and groups including Halifax District Spastics Society.  In addition to the floats, there are many people in costume walking in the parade as well as a marching band.
When the procession has passed, the crowd makes their way to Manor Heath at which there is a large festival.  Two men perform a trampoline act for onlookers, and there are many other attractions at the festival including many rides, a puppet show, a band, various eateries, and a balloon stand. 

The Halifax Show in Shibden Park (1959)
Kodachrome, scratching, 217 ft, 8.03 min
This is a film featuring the Halifax Show, a show and competition day for things related to farming and agriculture.
The film opens with a title card that reads The Halifax Show.  In a pen, there is a pig with a red ribbon for first place.  There are many other types of animals featured as well as in competitions including cows and dogs.  Additionally, as part of the competition, certain members of the event participate in a dog show.  As another part of farming and agriculture, there are many different flowers on display. 
At another part of the show there is a large stand with a sign reading Electricity Stand - on the farm - in the home.  Many people are walking around though the fairgrounds and lining up near the entranceway.  A few children watch a very brief demonstration before the animal competitions begin.  Crowds of people gather to watch the animals parade around.  At the trophy table, a presenter gives the awards to the winners.  Finally, there is a horse jumping contest.

Near the end of this film are two short clips of the Halifax Civil Procession (c. 1960) which begins with a marching band and members in uniform.  They are followed by many older members of the town as they pass by the Halifax parish chruch.
 
The second clip is a short of Another Procession to Manor Heath Park (c. 1960) which is quite similar to the earlier film showing a parade of people and floats processing onto Manor Heath Park..