Film ID:
YFA 1395



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This is a newsreel made by York Cine Club of events in York in 1984. The film includes Magnus Magnusson at the Jorvik Viking Centre, Prince Charles officially opening the Jorvik Centre, the York Festival, the York Run, other news and events, and ends with the aftermath of the fire at York Minster and the subsequent visit by the Duchess of Kent.

The film opens showing the Theatre Royal in York, with the narrator explaining that 1984 started with a fire in the foyer and the booking area. A pancake race takes place in St Sampson's Square, with the Fire Brigade participating; sponsored by BBC Radio York. This is followed by the York Run on Sunday 25th March, with 5,500 taking place in the three races. The race is followed as it makes its way along by the River Ouse and other parts of York. The Army also takes part, pushing a canon. At the end of the races the winners collect their medals. Next there is a special Saturday Market being held in Parliament Street, which has been closed off. There are many stalls, including one for the York Historic Vehicle Group. A large group of people are queuing outside the Jorvik Centre on Saturday 14th April, with Magnus Magnusson present. Then there is the official opening on Thursday 17th May, with Prince Charles being given a guided walk around York with the Mayor. Prince Charles stops to talk to some of the onlookers.

Then there is a feature on York Police's new crime busting squad, with an exercise in the City Centre of stamping cycles with the post codes of the owners to help them be retrieved if stolen. This is followed by a new contra-flow cycle lane in Daveygate. On the 1st June yellow electric powered dust carts are introduced for City Centre litter bins. Then on to show people visiting the Museum Gardens for York Festival, with Simon Ward playing Jesus in the Mystery Plays. He is shown riding a donkey along with some other scenes from the Mystery Plays. There is then a raft race on the River Ouse, with lots of entertaining boats, some of them splashing each other. One of them is for Wigginton Squash Club. Spectators relax watching from the side as the boats come over the finishing line.

Then there is a performance by Nunthorpe Grammar School of Jocundus, the merry monk; followed by students of the Medieval Department of York University putting on a Wagon Play of the 'Confessions of the Seven Deadly Sins', outside St Williams College. There is a medieval spectacular at the Minster on Saturday 16th June, with people wearing period costume. A procession starts from St Williams College, with children in historic costume and many dressed as knights. In Deans Park Hercules the grizzly bear wrestles with its owner, Andy Robin. There is some medieval jousting and music players. There is a wagon play presented by Archbishop Holgate School.

Out on Knavesmire on Sunday 24th June there is a kite flying display and competition, including a long dragon kite. In Grey's Court Garden there is a performance of 'Love in a Village', by Isaac John Bickerstaff, presented by the College of Ripon and York St John. Next is the Lord Mayor's Parade, with the theme of 'York through the ages'; with seventy floats. During the York Festival people could relax at the Festival Club in the De Grey Rooms. An old Thames boat, the Hydrogen, is staying at the city for eight days, where it moored up taking on board visitors. After the end of the Festival there is an Edwardian Fete with people dressed as Edwardians pie throwing. The film ends by showing the aftermath of the fire that destroyed the roof of York Minster's South Transept. Firemen are shown relaxing after having put out the fire, and building workers clear away the rubble. A donation box has been set up towards restoration. Shortly after HRH the Duchess of Kent visits, walking towards the Minster accompanied by the Mayor.

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