Film ID:
NEFA 21692

FETE '84


Visitor Tabs


An amateur firm by Derek Mathieson of the annual Cleasby and Stapleton combined fete taking place on the village green at Stapleton near Darlington in June 1984.

Title: Fete ’84

The film opens with general views of the village of Stapleton near Darlington showing The Bridge Inn public house and a row of terraced houses off the village green.

People arrive in the village, some carrying tables and chairs. A policeman puts out ‘No Parking’ bollards along the road. A woman lays out cakes on a table whilst another tends to a series of potted plants and chats with a friend.

People arrive at the fete and browse the various stalls set up on the village green. A queue of people wait to pick numbers from a drum shaped tombola machine. A  number of items wrapped in newspaper stand on a table nearby.

A woman conducts a Norwegian brass band. While the adults sit on deck chairs or the grass relaxing, children bounce around on an inflatable.     

A man explains the obstacle course to a number of young competitors. They head off to the starting line and the race gets underway with an older boy out in front. He races around the green over a low fence, climbs under tarpaulin and rolls a tyre to the end of the course. A young boy walks past wearing a number of rosettes.

General views of people relaxing around the green or browsing horticultural stalls. A young couple sit near the pub, the woman holding a pint of beer. An older woman sits on a deck chair behind a table selling indoor plants. Four women stand beside the tombola stall looking at a piece of paper. A sign beside an empty table reads ‘Bottle Stall’. Around a low table, members of the Women’s Institute offer cups of tea.

A signpost points towards ‘Church Flower Festival’. A welcome sign stands by the gate into St Peter’s parish church. A general view of the churchyard is followed by interior shots of the stained glass window and floral displays.

The film ends with an overhead view of the village green.

End credit: A film by Derek Mathieson