Wild weather causes crane to fall in Thames and spoils B.E.E. closing ceremony.
Title: "Our Wonderful Weather!! Gale blows 100 ton crane 60 ft. into river at Greenwich..."
Crane falls into Thames and closing ceremony of the British Empire Exhibition in torrential rain.
L/S of the mangled wreck of the crane in the River Thames, a barge floats beside it, several men seem to be occupied salvaging the wreckage. M/S of the wreckage. M/S of a man wading up to his thighs through the water - he appears to be attacking the wrecked crane with a crow bar.
Intertitle: "... and then the next day deluge of rain completely 'washed out' Wembley's final closing ceremony by Prince of Wales".
M/S of Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales, walking on to the pitch at Wembley stadium with two men, they all wear top hats. M/S of the Prince and his companions inspecting a battalion of soldier in busbies standing to attention on the pitch.
L/S of a vicar (perhaps, a bishop?) giving a sermon from a lavishly draped balcony that looks over the pitch and the packed spectator terraces, several other men also stand on the balcony - probably the Prince and companions again. M/S of the dignitaries on the balcony. Panning shot of policemen and large loud speakers in front of the terraces. Panning shot of the terraces, most of the spectators have umbrellas open.
Note: closing ceremony referred to in intertitle is probably that of British Empire Exhibition.
Note: first few seconds picture obscured - film damage, probably due to decomposition. Same occurs at the end of the item. AH 2000.