Film ID:
NEFA 21888

CORONATION DECORATIONS 1953, HORSES, SWING BRIDGE, COMMON RIDING FILM NO.1, PARADES

1953

Visitor Tabs

Description

A home movie showing civic decorations to streets and buildings in Gateshead and Newcastle as part the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. The film also features a parade of bagpipers making their way through another town, probably in the Scottish Borders.

The film opens with views showing bunting and flags decorating the old town hall in Gateshead. From street level to the roof the building is a riot of coloured pendants.

The film cuts to Grey Street in Newcastle looking towards Grey's Monument and views of bunting, flags and other decorations adorn lampposts and buildings. At the base of the monument more decorations and flowers. Crowns with coloured material hangs down from the statues pillar. General shots of Grey Street showing more decoration.

The film cuts to two horses galloping freely in a field.

The film changes to show the Swing Bridge in Newcastle slowly opening. Boats sail through on their way along the Tyne.

Along a busy bunting decorated street a crowd watch a parade of costumed people march past.  Bagpipers lead the parade past a busy town square (possibly Selkirk in the Scottish borders). Crowds walk along the street and along with some on horseback where the film ends.