Stanley: Silver Jubilee Bonfire 1935


Home movie of jubilee celebration on Barr Beacon in Walsall shot by Leonard Stanley in 1935. Followed by newsreel of King George V's Silver Jubilee state drive in London from Buckingham Palace to St Pauls Cathedral on 6 May 1935.





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Black & White / Silent


Home Movie

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The film starts with shots of scouts building a beacon out of crates (some printed with Davenports Bath Row Birmingham) as a crowd looks on at Barr Beacon, Walsall. A brief section then shows a military parade on a street. This is followed by night shots of the crowd watching the burning bonfire.

The remainder of the reel shows sections from an unidentified official film of the Silver Jubilee in London on 6 May 1935. There are shots of King George V, Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), Princess Margaret, Prince Albert, Duke of York (later George VI) and Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) arriving and leaving the ceremony. Finally there are shots of the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in front of crowds.


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