Film ID: YFA 4390 Video of YFA_4390 Out and About OUT AND ABOUT 1978-1979 Visitor TabsDescription This is one of several films entitled 'Out and About' made by Ken Leckenby, a member of the Mercury Movie Makers cine club. The film documents events from 1978-1979 including the 21st Anniversary at Springfields Gardens, Spalding, the annual West Indian Carnival in Leeds, and a trip to Scarborough Zoo and Marineland. Title - KL Films Present Out and About Title - Tulip Time - Springfields Gardens, Spalding 21st Anniversary - Welcome to Springfields The film opens with scenic shots of the tulip fields and the show gardens. The bulbs grown here are a big part of the English bulb industry. A woman is walking through the gardens. There are also different floral floats including an elephant made of flowers. Straw is used for the shape of the design, and then it is covered with flowers, like that of the Miss Tulipland 1979 float. This portion of the film closes with a woman walking through the acres of tulip fields. Title - West Indian Carnival The West Indian Carnival is an annual event held in Leeds and includes many members of the West Indian community parading in fancy dress. Many participants can be seen getting ready for the event. It is a very colourful event, and spectators of different ages and ethnicities have started to gather. There are musicians playing steel drums, and the group is getting ready for the procession. The steel drummers begin their performance and start the procession. There is excitement in the air as some walk in the procession while others make their way on floats. Title - Scarborough Zoo and Marineland Children are laying on dinosaur structures including a T-Rex and Triceratops. At the north end of Scarborough is the zoo and marina. There is also a lady at the petting zoo where there are rams and other animals. Sea lions are in a pool and performing for a crowd. They go down slides and balance balls on their noses. There is a small audience gathered to watch the animals perform with their trainers. There is a trainer with a parrot who is able to put a ball in a basket, ride around on roller skates and a scooter. Flipper the dolphin is next to perform in a 75 gallon tank of heated water. He performs with his trainer doing flips. Finally, there are penguins and monkeys who are next to perform, and the film closes with a shot of the audience applauding. Title - A KL Film Production The End. Context Sandwiched between two typical native spectacles, the flower show and performing animals, the Leeds Carnival brings forth all the rhythms and exuberance of the Caribbean. Once again the life of our native land, in all its prosaic glory, is captured from the perspective of the common man, and woman, as roving amateur Leeds filmmaker Ken Leckenby and his wife sample the colourful delights of Springfield Gardens, and bicycling parrots in Scarborough. To top it all, Leeds Caribbean Carnival adds some festivity and theatrics to matters in 1979, the year after being told that, apparently, we are being, “swamped by people with a different culture.” This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker Ken Leckenby. Ken made a series of films he titled ‘Out and About’, going out most weekends filming local places and events, from the 1960s almost up to Ken’s passing in 1999. He was also a member of the Mercury Movie Makers Cine Club of Leeds, who now has an annual Out and About film competition named after Ken. Ken also filmed the annual West Indian Carnival in Leeds in 1974. The Carnival was the first one of its kind – organised by a black British committee – to be held in Britain. It was started in 1967 by Arthur France who arrived in Leeds from the Caribbean island of Nevis in 1957.