Film ID:
YFA 3385



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This is one of several films entitled ‘Out and About’ made by Ken Leckenby.  It features several events in Leeds area during 1974 including the Lord Mayor's Parade, the celebration of the bi-centenary of Bingley Locks, Leeds Caribbean Carnival, the Model Boat World Championship, an air display and Morecombe Illuminations. 

Titles:  ‘K.L. Films Present’, ‘Out and About’, ‘Produced by Ken Leckenby: Cine-Sync Sound System’. 

The film begins with short scenes from the events featured:  the Caribbean Carnival, Bingley Locks, the Lord Mayor's Parade, the Model Boat World Championship, an Air Display, and Morecombe Illuminations.  Then Ken Leckenby, seated on a bench, speaks to the camera explaining the latest ‘Out and About’ film and its contents.     

Intertitle: ‘the Lord Mayor's Parade - The Leeds Lord Mayor's Parade, 1st June 74, Leeds Communicates, Leeds Junior Chamber of Commerce.’ 

In the middle of this sign, there is a figure of a horse drawn carriage against a background outline of a modern building. 

The parade starts at Woodhouse Moor.  Police are on horseback and on Norton motorcycles.  On a hot day people line the streets, many with ice creams.  A Scot’s Guard converses with a steward, horses are being fed, and the Lord Mayor arrives and gets into an open-top car.  A float passes with ‘Miss Metro’ accompanied by a traditional jazz band.  There is an estimated 100,000 people in attendance watching 80 floats on the three mile long procession. 

Some women, dressed in Victorian dress, serve behind a stall.  A procession of floats, many commercial, and other exhibits pass by including:  a float with women in min-skirts, a pantomime horse, a brass band, Samuel Smiths dray, Waddington’s Playing Cards, Leeds Horse Show, Crabtree Vickers, a racing car and vintage motorbike, a Post Office float, illustrating the theme of the Carnival – ‘Leeds Communicates’; ATC parachutes, vintage cars, the Scots Guards, and a Leeds United float. 

Intertitle:  ‘Bingley 5 Rise Locks bi-centenary 1774-1974.’   

On the 21st March, 1774, the locks and a three mile stretch of the canal opened.  People and boats gather to celebrate.  A demonstration is given of police frogman (someone who is trained to dive or swim in a military capacity which can include combat.)  Boats and barges pass each other on the canal, and local church bells ring in the background, just as they rang at the original opening.  Some people are dressed in eighteenth century costume.  The anniversary is attended by the Chairman of the Council who joins the barges as they make a procession down the canal to the locks.  They are joined by children in a dinghy and a girl in a kayak.  A line of army officers stand with rifles, poised ready to give a gun salute.  The five locks are seen all together from the below. 

Intertitle: ‘Caribbean Carnival’   

The Leeds Carnival, also called the Leeds West Indian Carnival or the Chapeltown Carnival, is the longest running West Indian carnival in Europe, with the first taking place in 1967.  At the annual Carnival in Potternewton Park Leeds, men, women and children are dressed in traditional costume and ready for the parade.  Many of the costumes are very flamboyant and colourful.  One man has a painted face.  The Carnival Queen is dressed in her regalia, a silver costume, a huge hat, and wings decorated with silver balls.  The costume designer, Edris Browne carries her headdress.  The Carnival sets off with revellers dancing to the steel-drum band.  Additionally, two female members of the Mercury Movie Makers can be seen recording the sound from the event. 

Intertitle:  ‘Miniature Power Boat Endurance Racing: World Championships: Redcar Tarn, Keighley, Yorkshire’   

Model power boat enthusiasts are gathered around the outside of the pond to watch the race of remote controlled boats.  The commentary explains that it is the Golden Jubilee of the Model Power Boat association of Great Britain.  The race is for two hours around a 220 yard circuit.  The boat that completes the most laps in that time is the winner.  The Class ‘A’ 3.5 cc race is in progress, and a rowing boat is on hand to rescue any broken models.  Boats and equipment are displayed on the side of the pond.  Each pit has a scorer and a mechanic.  The entry from South Africa is being repaired and/or cleaned before it is set off. 

Intertitle:  Air Display’   

At the Battle of Britain Racing Meeting at Rufford, the 1st Swords Aerobatic Display Team is in action.  A Hercules Aircraft launches a parachute display team.  They descend, trailing different coloured smoke.  They land close to each near the edge of the field.  The Hercules flies over at very low altitude, and there is a display of a Super Marine Spitfire MK19.  Next on display is the Red Arrows Display Team, with nine aircraft trailing coloured smoke which is controlled by the pilot.  The commentator notes that they go through their routine at 300-390 mph.  This includes the opposition barrel roll manoeuvre. 

Intertitle:  ‘Morecombe Illuminations’   

At night the illuminations light up the street on either side and over the street.  They are also on the Promenade, at an arcade, and on the big wheel.  Other funfair rides are shown as well as the Broadway Theatre in lights.  The film closes with an animated display of nursery rhymes in Happy Mount Park.  

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