Swan Upping 1953

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    Shepperton (?), River Thames.

    Various shots of men of the Vintners and Dyers Company rowing along in boats on the River Thames. As part of a traditional ceremony, the two companies pick up cygnets and mark them according to which company they belong to.

    Cygnets belonging to the Vintner are given two nicks on each side of the bill; those belonging to the Dyers have one nick. All others belong to the Queen and are left unmarked. The search can take up to a week. Several shots of the birds being lifted into the boats. Swans swim along and look around.

    At Shepperton Lock, the two parties attempt to lock in a number of swan families. M/S of a white flag with E II R on it. One of the companies is seen rowing off.

    Cuttings on file.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    14/09/1953
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    44157
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    1337.27
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:19:00 / 01:45:12:00
    Canister:
    NP 470
    Sort Number:
    NP 470
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