Film ID: NEFA 14536 Video of NEFA 14536 Rothbury Carnival ROTHBURY CARNIVAL 1931 1931 Visitor TabsDescription Amateur footage in the Armstrong family collection of the parade at Rothbury Carnival, Northumberland, in 1931. This brief film opens as the Rothbury Carnival procession moves down the High Street. Crowds of onlookers line the street. Various shots of the carnival route include an individual wearing an eccentric white Michelin Man costume hopping along the road. He is followed by a number of children in best clothes or costumes, which include nurse and American Indian outfits. A troop of children in Scottish pipers' outfits march down the road. A man pushes a cart on two wheels. Two lads in school uniforms and flat caps walk beside the procession. A horse-drawn covered float passes. A woman dressed in harem trousers walks between two men in sailor outfits. There is a shot of the covered float with beer barrel load as it passes by Soulsbys Café. Context A fleeting monochrome glimpse at a lively Rothbury Carnival parade in the 1930s. A street bursts into life with all manner of eccentric costumes in this tantalising home movie fragment of a Rothbury Carnival parade in the 1930s. Most unusually, a bouncy Michelin Man catches the eye. The carnival was one of the major social events in the Upper Coquetdale calendar until 1985. This amateur footage was shot by a member of the Watson-Armstrong family, heirs to the Newcastle-born engineer, industrialist, and shipping magnate, Sir William George Armstrong, known as the “Magician of the North”. He was the inventor of a 110 ton ‘monster’ gun used in the Crimean war, for which he was knighted by Queen Victoria. An early environmentalist, Armstrong’s Cragside house, near Rothbury, was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, using incandescent lamps provided by the inventor Joseph Swan, and generated by five artificial lakes on the estate.