Film ID:
YFA 754

HOLIDAYS AT HOME 3

1944

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Description

This film is one of many made by local Bradford businessman and Councillor Robert Sharp.  The film features events from the Holidays at Home week in Bradford including events attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, an athletics competition, and other entertainment events put on during the week.

Titles:  ‘‘Bradford Holidays at Home 1944’  ‘Lord Mayor: Ald. W H Barraclough’  ‘Chairman of Entertainment Committee: Ald. H Hudson’   ‘Opened by the Lord Mayor at Lister Park.'  ‘A Wet Outlook’

The film opens as the stage is set up in front of rows of deckchairs.  Various dignitaries arrive and pose for the camera including the next Lord Mayor, Cecil Barnett.

Intertitle:  ‘Freeman of Bradford’

More local dignitaries pose for the camera.

Intertitle:  ‘Arrival of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress’ 

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress arrive and take their seats on the stage.  Some of the local dignitaries give speeches, and they gather around for the camera.

Intertitle:  ‘Lady Mayoress elect presents prizes at Horsfall playing fields’ 

The Mayoress presents some prizes before more track and field events get underway.  A black male athlete wins the first race.  His victory is followed by several more races.

Intertitle:  ‘Take the strain’ 

The Lady Mayoress presents the young man who won the track and field event with a prize. 

Intertitle:  ‘’Elijah’ at Park Avenue was spoiled because of the rain’ 

In one of the bandstands, an orchestra performs in front of a large crowd.  Some of the crowed are seated in the opposite stands while others are on deckchairs under umbrellas set up on the field.    

Intertitle:  ‘Mr Cope in a studious mood’ 

A man in uniform stands watching the performance while leaning on the stand.  The orchestra playing in the stand is shown from the other side with the Soviet Union and US flags and the Union Jack draped in front of the stage.

Intertitle:  ‘Folk Dancing’ 

Some girls perform dances on a stage, mainly ballet-style dances, and possibly some Irish folk dances as well. 

Intertitle:  ‘Dancing Mistress Demonstrates’ 

The Dancing teacher works with some children who are dressed in traditional costumes.  They then pose for the camera and are watched by some other children from behind a fence.  One of the children is a young black boy.  A large crowd sit on deckchairs watching from a grassy bank.  A selection of performance acts, musical and comical, performs on a stage.  They are followed by a woman playing a glockenspiel, a ventriloquist act and other Vaudeville-style performances.  The film then switches to a front porch where a group of people pose for the camera.

Intertitle:  ‘Where there’s brass – there’s our Dick’ 

A couple of men sit behind a table with a large crowd standing behind them.  More people sit in rows watching girls perform a dance on the stage to the accompaniment of a piano.

Intertitle:  ‘Distinguished visitors at Bowling Park’  

In Bowling Park, several people stand around and talk in front of a group of playing musicians.  The Mayor and Mayoress arrive and take their place in front of the stage.  There is a children’s contest of some kind (possibly a beauty contest), followed by another one for older girls.  The Mayoress presents the winners with a prize before another contest begins, this time for women.  Finally there is a children’s fancy dress competition.  A large audience looks on watching the competitions. 

People dive and swim at a packed outdoor swimming pool, before returning to the park where the Mayor and Mayoress walk around.  The film ends with children who line up on stage for a final contest.  Each of the constants is holding a number. 

Intertitle:  ‘Folk Dancing’  Some girls perform dances on a stage, mainly balletic, possibly Irish as well.

Intertitle:  ‘Dancing Mistress Demonstrates’  The Dancing teacher works with some children dressed in traditional costumes, who then pose for the camera watched by some other children from behind a fence, one of them a black boy.  A large crowd are sat on deckchairs watching from a grassy bank, possibly in Roundhay Park.  A selection of acts, musical and comical, are performed on a stage, followed by a woman playing a glockenspiel, a ventriloquist act and other music hall style performances.  The film then switches to a front porch where a group of people pose for the camera.

Intertitle:  ‘Where there’s brass – there’s our Dick’  A couple of men are sat behind a table with a large crowd stood behind them, and more people sat in rows watching girls perform a dance on the stage to the accompaniment of a piano.

Intertitle:  ‘Distinguished visitors at Bowling Park’   Again in the Park, several people are stood around talking in front of a group of playing musicians.  The Mayor and Mayoress arrive and take their place in front of the stage.  There is a children’s contest of some kind (a beauty contest?).  Then another one for older girls.  The Mayoress then gives prizes to the winners, and there is another contest for women, followed by a children’s fancy dress competition.  A large audience looks on.  The film then switches to a packed outdoor swimming pool, before returning to the Park and the Mayor and Mayoress walking around.  The film ends with another children’s contest, each holding a number.