Film ID: YFA 1113 Video of YFA_1113 Skipton Carnival & Hospital Gala SKIPTON CARNIVAL & HOSPITAL GALA 1934 Visitor TabsDescription This film captures the fun and festivities of the Hospital Gala and Carnival in Skipton, including a fancy dress parade and procession of the May Queen. Title | The Regal, Skipton, Proudly Presents The Second Regal Carnival Film The Skipton Hospital Gala and Carnival 1934 Down a terraced street, local dignitaries including the mayor get out of a parked car and pose for the cameras. The girl elected Queen for the day holds a bouquet of flowers and smiles, surrounded by the page boys and maids of honour all dressed in their regal costumes. A crowd are shown lining the street outside the John S. Driver grocer's shop, many of them wearing bonnets and either flat caps or fedoras. Title | Everybody is here to-day! Can you see yourself? More shots of the crowd, among them a group of schoolboys in shorts and long socks. An open-top car drives past the crowd in front of some shops with awnings, and a balloon seller makes his way down the street. Title | The start of the procession with the Queen and her Retinue Children in fancy dress, including a chimney sweep, a maid and a shepherdess, walk down the street in front of the gala Queen and her consorts. Horse-drawn floats follow before more children in costumes that include a playing card and a dunce, as well as a large papier mach? cat-fish. Title | This film, a complete record of the 1934 Gala, will shortly be presented by The Regal, Skipton to the Chairman of the Council for safe keeping on behalf of the town. Context The annual ‘let your hair down’ day arrives in Skipton, giving anyone the opportunity to dress more or less how they liked without disapproval. Yet not everyone has to be in fancy dressers to stand out, as can be seen with the Jimmy Edwards lookalike. But clearly plenty wanted to see themselves in film, which they could do when it was put on by the Regal Cinema, for a charge. But in the 1934, before the NHS, it was all to raise money for the local hospital – a dry run for later times. This is one of three films made of the Skipton annual Gala in the mid-1930s. Two of them were, presumably, made for the Regal Cinema in Skipton, with the third made by Pathe Gazette. The Regal Cinema began life as a temperance hall before opening as the Morriseum cinema in 1929. The following year it was renamed the Regal, and after several changes of owners and names, closed as a cinema in 1987. The Skipton Gala started in 1901 to raise money for the newly opened Skipton and District Cottage Hospital. Special trains from roundabouts were laid on for those wanting to see the usual trade societies, clowns, comic bands and those in fancy dress, with prizes donated by "The Gentry and Tradesmen of the Town".