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    Schoolchildren celebrate Empire Day (May Day), 1919.

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    Children celebrate Empire Day; 1919 with Peace Pageant; etc. (May Day). (1 of several 1919 Empire Day stories).

    Pan left over crowd of children. Then children do a hopping; skipping dance round in a circle in 3's; with 2 at the back holding ends of a rope stretched round in front of the waist of the 1 in front - like reins almost. Children in costumes as nurses or soldiers (some girls are soldiers too); other children in background watch.

    Young children - about age 5 - 7 - dance round the maypole; all in white or light clothing. They march in 2's round pole. Then they weave in & out; some bumping into each other. Then do a funny jogging step

    MS group of children in tableau pose; motionless - well; nearly. Girl in centre is Britannia. Boys in helmets etc.; 2 little girls in foreground in white; one with giant bow in hair like bunny ears. Standing on a ladder or something at the back; behind a black screen; is a girl in white gown with the word 'PEACE' on the front; she holds up ends of big skirt - looks like angel wings. They all look very serious.

    Then another pose of this group; also boy in Navy uniform; boy with eye patch in long coat; sleeve empty. CU Britannia & angel. The former stares straight ahead; the latter tries to raise her eyes in a heavenward gaze. They are so serious, but then they can't help it & start to laugh.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:47:57:00 / 01:49:34:00
    ON 131 H

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