Great footage of people in wartime London relaxing in parks plus orators at Speaker's Corner.
Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear or unknown.
'Holidays At Home' in wartime London - probably dates from 1942 (see newsreel 42/51 - Holidays At Home This Year).
Good shots of people queuing at ice-cream vendor's outside a London park. Two young men slap the ice-cream on the cones for customers. General view of gateway into Hyde Park as people walk by; barrage balloon in sky in background. Man holds up his hand at Speaker's Corner. Soldiers look on. Tired-looking man wearing mortarboard holds onto tattered flag at Speaker's Corner. More shots of speakers orating and gesticulating. C/U of long-haired, bearded man who has a lot to say for himself.
Long line of double-decker buses parked (?) along parkside road. Shots of women working on allotments in a park. L/S of upper part of Marble Arch. People walking through park. Men fishing at the edge of the Serpentine. Pan from rowing boat on the lake to anglers. Great shot of man with knotted handkerchief on head, sitting on a chair with suit jacket on the back of it, boots off and fishing rod balanced on chair - would illustrate 'wartime holidays at home' or just 'British in the summer' perfectly! (Makes you feel proud to be British!)
M/S of statue of man with sword and shield on monument in park. Two little girls look up at it. Both are pretty, wearing floral dresses and little bows in their hair; one wears white gloves. Several shots of loads of people sitting in deckchairs around bandstand. We can just see conductor of band in one shot. Orchestra are seen playing on the bandstand in another shot.
Cataloguer's note: some lovely, evocative footage here of wartime Londoners relaxing - see also UN 2476 E.