Film ID:
NEFA 21297



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Compilation of miscellaneous amateur film shot between 1934 and 1938 in Scotland, including footage of the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, in 1938, and holiday trips to Arbroath, Edinburgh and other Scottish locations. Also includes brief sequences of a military parade in Newcastle upon Tyne, and rugby union matches, possibly the 1938 Home Nations Championship, with Scotland playing Ireland in Edinburgh and England at Twickenham, London. This film is probably the work of James Cameron Senior, one of the original founder members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).

Title: Highly Commended at the British Empire Amateur Film Festival Glasgow 1938 [title over general view of Empire Exhibition fountains in Bellahouston Park]

[Black and white footage]

The film opens with general views of central Arbroath (?) with some horse-drawn traffic.

General views of people at a modernist lido, probably Arbroath Bathing Pool, and of a wet street. (?)

General view of Arbroath Abbey ruins. Women sell Arbroath Smokies (haddock) at stalls. Shot of the fish being smoked. People wait at West Links Park station where the Kerr’s Miniature Railway is running. A man backs the engine onto the train for a return trip, people packing the train for the ride. There’s a brief shot of a steam-pulled train, normal gauge.

Various shots record the busy Arbroath Bathing Pool (opened only a few years before).

[Colour footage]

This section records colourful flowers at Leazes Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, gardeners tending flower beds, and people admiring the flowers.

[Colour footage – faded]

General view of a park.

[Black and white – crossed through with black marker]

A military parade, including a troop of beefeaters, takes place in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Brief shot of two pet dogs waiting on a doorstep.

[Black and white footage]

The next short sequence documents the Empire Exhibition, an international exposition held at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in 1938. Various shots record the fountain by the stairway steps into the park, with the Tower in background; the fountain in front of the Palace of Arts entrance; the Exhibition Tower; exterior of Palace of Engineering with a crowd in front; the row of fountains in the early evening; the Tower standing in the exhibition grounds; the main fountain; the Dominion Palace; fountains looking towards the Palace of Engineering; people silhouetted at entrance to the Scottish Pavilion.

The next shots are probably of the 1938 rugby union Home Nations Championship with Scotland playing Ireland at Edinburgh on 26th February. General view of a rugby pitch before the start of a match. A fan is led off the pitch by a policeman. A Highland band marches on the pitch. Players run on. General views follow of the match action.

General views of very strong seas lashing the North Pier at Tynemouth, the crane attached to the pier and lighthouse.

General views of Edinburgh showing Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, panoramic shot of the city, the bridge near Edinburgh Waverley Station, Calton Hill and various streets.

[Reverse footage]

Title: A Tribute from Men and Women of Scottish Brood and Sympathies in the United States of America or Scotland

Shots of the Scottish American War Memorial in Princes Street Garden in Edinburgh.

The next section probably features the Scotland versus England match at Twickenham, London, for the 1938 Home Nations Championship.  The rugby ground entrance is crowded with people, an advertising hoarding advising “Book here. Twickenham”. People are leaving a railway station (?) Clay Cross Co. Ltd Coal Merchants is located on the street. General views of the rugby pitch, marching band entertaining crowds before the match, the stands full of people. Match action follows.

[Colour footage]

General view of allotments. A car drives off down a road at dusk.