Re-enactment of Victorian wedding at Gretna Green.
Gretna Green, Scotland.
L/S horse drawn coach driving along country road. C/U signpost: "Gretna Green - 1 Mile". M/S roadway, coach drives past. C/U signpost to blacksmith's shop. M/S of smithy, coach drives in. The passengers are a runaway couple and friends, all dressed in Victorian period costume.
Interior of blacksmith's shop, smithy at work (also in period dress). C/U couple at door, they come into smithy. Couple and friends come up to anvil. Smithy performs old fashioned marriage ritual. He places horseshoe on to the anvil, the couple join hands through it and the smithy taps it with a hammer. The couple unjoin hands and the bridegroom places ring on her finger.
M/S wedding party round anvil, bride and groom kiss. Smithy leads the couple over to sign the register. Bridegroom signs first, followed by bride. Just then the bride's angry father bursts in and drags his daughter away. C/U coachman waiting outside Smithy. Party come through door lead by angry father.
Angry father raises cane but all is forgiven, and he eventually shakes hands with son-in-law. M/S coach in foreground. Father kisses his daughter. Daughter and husband get into coach and ride out of picture. C/U smithy and friends waving. M/S country road. Coach driving down road with newly married couple.
Bride and groom were played by Mary Byers and Bob Powell, Scottish comedian Fred Montgomery played the angry father. The friends were Jean Todd, Florence Todd and Pamela Cook - all of Gretna village.
Note: newspaper cuttings about the making of this item on file.