Blessing the waters at Ascension Day, Hastings, Essex.
CU. Choir boys. LS. Crowd gathered on dock at Hastings for the ceremony of blessing of the waters. Priest leaving a barge, holding a large cross. Various shots of the religious procession led by priests and choir boys moving through crowded streets of Hastings. CU. Cross in the air. Procession arriving to harbour. Various shots of the service in the harbour - priests talking into mike, people listening, band playing, choir singing etc. More shots of the procession moving through street and arriving to harbour. Priests get onto a barge to start the service. LS. crowd gathered around barge with priest reading sermon from the barge. LS. Waves breaking on beach, pan to ships.
Date found in the old record - 26/05/1949.