Film ID:
NEFA 12603



Visitor Tabs


This amateur home movie compilation chronicles events and trips organised by the Wallsend Round Table and Ladies Circle social networking organisations for professional men and young women. These include a garden party at Wallsend Civic Hall in 1958 and a Round Table Conference in Aberdeen in 1959. Footage also features a visit to Bognor Regis Butlins holiday camp, a carnival procession and comic three-legged football match with men in drag and fancy dress costume.

Title: Wallsend Round Table & Ladies Circle

Title: Garden Party Civic Hall Grounds 14 June 1958

Two men are hanging objects on a stall displaying bric-a-brac. Another two men light their cigarettes and arrange boxes of plants on a stall. There are various shots of the different stalls set up for the garden party.

Children are playing on the grass and run towards camera.

People crowd around the entrance to the garden party. A man in a suit tests the microphone for the opening speeches and presentations. In her ceremonial gold chains, the Mayoress accepts a bouquet from a young girl. The girl curtsies. Several more women are presented with bouquets by a succession of different girls. The announcer speaks to the crowd at the Civic Hall entrance. The Mayoress, dressed in a white suit, makes her opening speech. There are shots of the crowd, a flower stall, and a band playing. A group of women and children enjoy iced lollipops on the lawn. There are various shots of people browsing at the different stalls. There is a portrait shot of a woman in a strapless white and flower print dress, earrings, and a beauty queen sash.

Title: The End

Title: RTBI Conference Aberdeen 1959

A small two-tone red and cream convertible car pulls out onto the road. A man with a moustache waves from the car. Next, the bonnet is open on a car parked by the roadside. People are sitting on the grass verge by the roadside. A man looks at the engine and gestures with open arms in desperation. There is a travelling shot from the car driving through moor land. Two men are standing beside a small caravan with a handwritten sign for “Meals On Wheels” and “Mille Failte,” a Gaelic phrase that means “A hundred thousand welcomes.” People are milling around the caravan.

Various shots of the cantilever structure of the Forth Bridge across the Firth of Forth are filmed from a boat. There are shots of other vessels on the river and of riverbank buildings.

The film next focuses on Aberdeen streets and architecture. In a shot of an intersection at St Nicholas Lane, a group of teenage boys with greased quiff hairstyles appear in the foreground. A John Collier shop can be seen on a street corner behind them. A sign for the Coilacriech Inn follows.

Title: This Did Happen!

Several different women and men enter proprietor Mrs A. J. Meston’s Coilacriech Inn. The next shot is of the exterior of the Invercauld Arms, with two men beside a two tone green and white car: a woman in the back seat looks out toward camera. A signpost points to “Braemar, Line of Dee, Blaecowrie.” There are various shots of Balmoral Castle. A man reads a sign with directions for the lavatories.

Title: ‘Can He Make It!'

People walk down the long road to the castle and various shots depict the Balmoral Castle buildings. Two women are walking across the castle lawns. They smile to camera as they pass. Another exterior shot of the castle follows.

The scene cuts to an exterior shot of a large hotel. A group are loading up a car boot. The camera follows traffic near a dockside ringroad. Two women are standing next to a red convertible car. There are various shots of street scenes in Aberdeen, closing with a shot at the corner of Union Street and Chapel Street.

Back on the moors, men and women are gathered beside the caravan seen previously. Another sign seen on the caravan reads “Beware of Wild Haggis.” Cars are parked beside the roadside.

Title: The End

In the grounds of a red brick building (Wallsend Civic Hall?) there are various garden party stalls setting up. At an opening ceremony, a child presents a bouquet to actress Dame Flora Robson. Close shots record her making an opening speech. The crowd of mainly women and children clap. A young woman and an elderly woman pose for the camera in the street. Various shots record the stalls and the people browsing them.

Title: The End

The next sequence records families congregating in a field, with a row of cars including a camper van parked at the field edge. Children run happily across the field towards the camera.

The film returns to the red brick building with stalls being set up in the grounds, including the tombola stall. There are various shots of people browsing the stalls.

A man compere introduces a series of men and women to the crowd. A small crowd claps them as they move to the microphone. Two women accept a bouquet from young girls. There are further shots of the crowds attending the garden fete.

A large group of nurses are gathered beside a man in a blue checked shirt, writing in a book at a table.

A young woman in a fashionable wide-skirted print frock kneels down beside a small girl for a portrait shot. The same young woman wears a beauty queen sash as Miss Wallsend Round Table.

Three young women, two in fashionable swimsuits, are seated either side of Miss Wallsend.

Next, a portrait shot of a man in a houndstooth check jacket and red tie with tiepin.

A high angle shot records the garden party crowd. Further shots of the stalls follow. A grinning girl poses beside the tombola stall. Stallholders pose next to their stalls. A man in a bowler hat at the “Bottles” stall downs a drink from a large beer tankard. Children are throwing darts at the darts stall. A brass band marches out from a red brick building. Women and children mill around on the driveway to the building.

At another presentation a small girl offers a bouquet to a red haired young woman. The crowd applauds. The young woman makes a speech at the microphone. Family and friends lounge around at benches in a field. Children are playing a game that involves walking on pots and not stepping on the grass, watched by their parents. There are further shots of the stalls and crowds. Two small boys take a ride on a horse.

The next footage is of the Bognor Regis Butlins Holiday Camp.  The camera pans across the modern holiday camp architecture decorated with giant fairground style clown faces. One building is decorated with the Butlins soldier figure, the sign for the George IV Cocktail bar and a billboard that reads “Smoke Player’s Cigarettes.” People are playing mini golf on the lawns. There is a close-up of one of the soldier figures. A man and woman emerge from one of the Butlins’ buildings. The man speaks to camera. There are various shots of the camp fairground rides, the waltzers, miniature racing track, traditional carousel, and a small child’s rollercoaster ride. There are close-ups of children getting in the small model racing cars of a ride. A boy pushes a boat ride vehicle afloat in a water ride. People sit on a funfair ferris wheel. A close-up of a girl in a water ride. Four female “blue coat” workers walk towards camera.  There are various shots of swimmers, visible through the glass windows of the indoor swimming pool from the adjoining lounge. A man snoozes on a lounger in the sun. Women and men walk in the holiday campgrounds, with good shots of some of the fashionable clothes of the period. A man poses with a prize silver cup in his hand. Crowds of holiday makers are walking through the grounds, many of the women wearing in hats.

Families hold picnics outside, reclining on the grass, eating, drinking and reading newspapers. A woman, man and small boy walk up sand dunes, carrying shoes, waves rolling onto the beach behind. The man shouts something and walks directly up to camera. There are shots of children playing on a sandy beach. Families are walking along a dirt track in a rural setting. Three women relax in sun chairs outside a caravan. A woman and two men pose for the camera. There is a close shot of two women sunbathing on their fronts in their bras. One of the women turns her face to the camera, laughing. Two young girls in swimsuits sunbathe on a mattress and tartan blanket, grinning at camera. Another woman in sunglasses is caught sunbathing in her bra by the filmmaker. There is a brief close-up of a young boy. A woman and man in swimwear are by their caravan.

In the next shot, a large group of women, possibly members of the Ladies Circle, arrange themselves for a formal group portrait outdoors. There are various shots of the group as they pose for a photograph. They walk off past camera. Two women stroll around gardens.

A man in a red bowtie walks through the car park of Linden Hall Hotel. A portly man in glasses stands beside his car and grins at camera.

A band of men dressed as pirates walk towards camera waving their sabres, and carrying a metal chest. There are various shots of the group of pirates, which include some women, playing up to camera, jumping about with sabres, holding guns to their heads, and generally joking around.

A girl majorette is at the head of a procession of children, dressed in white trousers and tangerine shirt costumes, carrying a banner. A young boy in ceremonial Scottish costume with kilt and black bearskin leads the marching children. Marching bands follow and the band of pirates bring up the rear. The procession marches through the gateway to a field, with onlookers arriving behind.

The next scene contains footage of a comic (charity?) football match. Two men are dressed in women’s clothes, bowler and fluffy hats. They tie their legs together for a three-legged football match. One man is dressed in white underpants over green tights and a woman’s pink top. He is twinned with another man in more sedate women’s clothing. Other costumes include baby’s nappy and dummy. The men contestants gather together on a sports field. The three-legged football match with players in fancy dress outfits kicks off.

As spectators line the side of the pitch, the young boy in Scottish kilt and bearskin performs a flashy ceremonial sword twirling routine for the audience.