Film ID: YFA 5948 ODD SHOTS OF 1955 1955-1956 Visitor TabsDescription This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. This shows a day out at Cragg Vale, Yorkshire, a family Christmas at home, and a new-born baby, Andrew Jeremy. Title – Photography by J E Dyson Title – Odd shots of 1955 Title – November pleasant but very cold. The film begins with a man walking with a dog and pushing a baby in a pram next to a stream. They stop next to a road sign which reads, “Mytholmroyd 3 ½ miles, Halifax 9 ½ miles.” They continue walking along a country road. Guy Fawkes celebrations - there is a small bonfire with some of the people gathered around adding more timber to it. Both adults and children watch a fireworks display and what looks like chestnuts are being offered around. Title – Merry Xmas and a jolly good feed There is a view across snowy rooftops towards hills and fields, with a church in the foreground. Indoors David unwraps presents including a large duck for the bath. He also gets a picture book of farm animals. The toys, including a spinning top, are put on display. A small child is seated in a high chair with the family around the table and a coal fire in the background. The turkey is brought in for carving. Title – The year has rolled on and David at 2 ½ has made a couple of pals. David sits on the floor with two other small boys looking at picture books. Mother sits in front of the fire. A small child is seated in a highchair, and there are Christmas cards on the mantelpiece. The boys are playing with a puppy, and a Rupert Annual is displayed for the camera. One of the boys, possibly David, takes something off the Christmas tree while adults fuss over the child in the highchair. Title – Beginners luck!? A Dyson Enterprise. Introducing Andrew Jeremy. It’s September 1956 and mother lays in bed. The film is intercut with images of a windswept tree, a dog, and baby powder. Then the mother sits up in bed with her new-born baby, Andrew now two days old. She gives the baby to David, also seated on the bed, to hold.