Film ID:
YFA 759



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This film is part of the Sharp collection and contains footage from a V.E. Day Civic Service in Bradford which was filmed by an amateur filmmaker who captured many similar events that took place throughout the war. The film follows the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cecil Barnett, as he attends a parade, a bicycle race and a children's party.

The film opens with the Lord Mayor's parade which includes various Home Front forces such as the Air Raid Precautions Unit (A.R.P.), police, the fire brigade, scouts and local dignitaries. The Mayor and Mayoress then walk to Bradford Cathedral. There is a brief shot of leaflet `The Civic Service of Thanksgiving for Victory in Europe 1945.' After the service the clergy exit the Cathedral followed by the Mayoral party. At Bradford Town Hall the Mayoral party gather whilst a military procession passes, they all salute as they pass the Mayor.

A cycle race starts in the centre of Bradford, a large crowd has gathered and they cheer the cyclists as they set off. The Mayor then attends an outdoor children's party before the film returns to the cycle race. The film closes with girls and boys dancing in a hall, some dance together, some with adults.