• Short Summary

    Annual ceremony whereby village folk dress as pirates and re-enact a scene from a novel.

  • Description

    Dymchurch, Kent.

    Various shots of men dressed as pirates are seen in a small old fashioned boat which flies the Jolly Roger. Group of men dressed in red uniforms - soldiers of another era. The soldiers are inspected, gunpowder is loaded into a musket. Shots are fired out to sea. The pirates approach the shore with barrels of "smuggled rum". One of the pirates is the local vicar - Mr Meredith - he plays the character of Dr Syn the pirate.

    Various shots of a parade through the town where the townsfolk dress as pirates. Men carry barrels of rum on their heads.

    Narrator observes how nice it is that the whole village "gets together like one happy family really enjoying itself with home-made fun, a rare thing in these days of ready made entertainment".

    Note: this is apparently a re-enactment of a scene in a novel but the novel is not named - any ideas?

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

    Note from website user: The event taking place is based on the story of smuggling pirate Dr Syn. The series of books seven in all were written by Russell Thorndike, actor and writer from the 30's. The event still takes place in Dymchurch bi-annually over the August bank holiday and the next one is due in 2004.

    Disney made a film in the mid 60's loosely based on the books, after the first film was made in the late 1930's.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:29:00 / 01:36:08:00
    CP 512

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