Film ID:
NEFA 15762



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A short amateur film showing the launch ceremony for the Royal National Lifeboat "City of Leeds" at Redcar in August 1951. Her Royal Highness Princess Mary attends for the christening ceremony. The "City of Leeds" lifeboat remained in service until 1965 and saved 31 lives.

The film begins with a woman holding a painted sign that reads "HRH Princess Mary Christens Our New Lifeboat ‘City of Leeds’, August 1951".

General views of the lifeboat on a wagon covered in bunting on display in the park near the bandstand and temporary pavilion on Newcomen Terrace and West Terrace in Redcar. A large crowd are standing around the pavilion. A group of men in various naval and lifeboat men uniforms stand in front of pavilion.

A Rolls Royce car approaches the pavilion. Various other cars pull up in front of the pavilion and invited guests and dignitaries get out of the car and walk into the pavilion.

Princess Mary is introduced to members of the lifeboat crew.

A number of men give speeches to the crowds.

Princess Mary holds a large bouquet of flowers and steps down from the pavilion, getting into a car and driving away.

General view of a clergyman holding a staff with cross on top. Another man, possibly the Mayor of Redcar, also leaves by car.

The next sequence captures views of the lifeboat at sea. After the launch and sea trial, the lifeboat rests on the beach, surrounded by large crowds. The film end with the lifeboat being pulled along the beach by tractor escorted by two policemen.