• Short Summary

    Tulips are beheaded and the blooms are made into carnival floats with a fairy tale theme in Spalding.

  • Description

    Spalding, Lincolnshire.

    Various shots of a field of brightly coloured tulips; an elderly man in a flat cap, Charles Shaw, examines some blooms. Men and women working in the fields are seen taking the heads off tulips and putting them in sacks; men are then seen emptying boxes of tulip heads into huge piles.

    M/Ss and C/Us of two women threading the heads onto garlands. Various shots of people working on carnival floats that are being covered with hundreds of different coloured tulip heads. A girl is helped onto a finished float that shows two huge tulip bumble bees; she sits on a seat behind them - unfortunately, her face is obscured by bee-wings!

    Mr Van Driel from Holland, who designed many of the floats, is seen looking at a plan for a 'Cinderella' carriage float; he lowers the plan so we can see the finished float of three card horses leading a fairy tale tulip coach containing a fairy tale female (a real one!). Angled C/U of RAC signs pointing to 'Flower Parade' and 'Decorated Floats'. M/S of a clown trying to sell programmes to the crowd.

    Various tulip covered floats with a fairy tale theme pass along the carnival route; 'The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe'; 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'; unidentifiable one - with potato men and children! C/U of the crowd; a little girl in her mother's arms looks unimpressed and sulky.

    The 'Spalding Judo Club' float goes by; a heart emblazoned Interflora float; three large floral cellos; a Civil Defence badge in tulips; a girl sitting before a huge tomato; a Madame Butterfly theme. Tulip Queen, Norah Woods, rides past in a carriage. Nice M/S of the crowd; many people are taking photographs; pan left to show a huge tulip-covered watering can with a girl in it.

    Note: on file is a programme from the carnival, plus cameraman's notes.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:46:00 / 01:58:08:00
    CP 335

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