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    Full title reads: "East Grinstead. The Princess They Could Not See"

    East Grinstead, West Sussex. Princess Margaret visits Sunshine Home nursery school for blind children.

    GV Blind children playing in grounds of Sunshine Home nursery school. SV Little girl pan to little boy building truck. SV Little girl feeling kiddicar. SV Little girl wheeling huge wicker ball.

    SV Lord Ismay and woman talking to Princess Margaret. SV Small girl on swing. CU Small girl on swing with other girl watching. SV Princess Margaret watching nurse giving youngsters slide. SV Princess Margaret with Lord Ismay and woman watching children in cookery class. CU Children mixing flour, etc. in bowls. SV Princess Margaret, Lord Ismay and woman.

    SV Nurse giving small boy donkey ride. Another boy holding reins of donkey. SV Princess Margaret, Lord Ismay and woman watching small boy, Raymond Knowles climb onto plank. CU Boy jumps off plank, picks himself up and walks back. CU Roger's scarecrow. SV Princess Margaret with two women talking, pan down to Roger Williams picking strawberries. CU Roger's hand picking strawberry which he hands to Princess Margaret. SV Roger giving strawberry to Princess Margaret.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:30:00 / 01:07:02:00
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Comments (1)

  1. Scott_Lahti says

    This story, reported via the Associated Press in June, 1950 in dozens of American newspapers, inspired the book A Present for the Princess by Janie Lowe Paschall, with illustrations by Elizabeth Webbe (1959: Rand McNally Tip Top Elf Books). A radiant little blind boy, hearing of a visit to his village planned by a beautiful young princess around his age, sets out with the aid of a scarecrow, the forces of nature and his own tender and devoted care to grow as a gift for her the reddest, juiciest strawberry ever seen. You can read it at

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