• Short Summary

    May day celebration at Elstow - crowning the "May Queen".

  • Description

    Full title reads: "MERRY MAY - Dainty & pretty Festival at Elstow."

    Elstow, Bedfordshire.

    A boy in top hat is raised over crowd of children - he announces arrival of "The Queen". Crowds are gathered at the Village Green for the ceremony of crowning "May Queen" - this is traditional way to celebrate the arrival of spring. Queen and her entourage walking slowly surrounded by crowds - mostly children. Queen is a young girl in white dress with a long veil. Veil is held by two small girls also in white. There are several more girls in white behind them. All the girls have white blossoms in their hands. Crowds looking on. Queen sits on the throne bedecked with flowers and she is crowned. Children cheer. A long procession of children in white walks along the Green. Close up shot of the Queen. Various shots of the children dancing around the pole - crowds watching.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    781.21
    Media URN:
    8637
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1934
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:08:00 / 01:32:34:00
    Canister:
    34/37

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