An item about the raspberry harvest in Scotland and the subsequent Montrose Fruit Carnival.
Montrose, Angus, Scotland.
L/S of a field full of raspberry bushes and a blue sky - thousands of acres of raspberries are grown in Scotland each year, flourishing in the summer rain. M/S of raspberry bushes. M/S of a man leading a horse and cart full of fruit pickers and a bag pipe player. M/S, taken from the moving cart, of the the bagpipe player and the dusty road ahead. M/S of the horse and cart plodding past the rows of raspberry bushes. M/S of the cart coming to a halt and all the fruit pickers carrying yellow baskets jumping off and heading for the raspberries. M/S of three young women with baskets attached to their waists picking raspberries, the camera follows them and some of the others as they make their way up the rows of bushes. M/S of the piper as he starts to play. Long panning shot of the fruit pickers at work. M/S of some of the pickers, including a man in a kilt. Low angle C/U of a man and a woman picking raspberries. C/U of a woman's hands picking raspberries. C/U of a young woman in a straw hat. Extreme C/U of a stalk of ripe raspberries. M/S of the pickers, with another man in a kilt in the foreground. Low angle C/U of a young man in a kilt, tilt down to show his hands placing fruit in the basket attached to his waist. M/S of the fruit pickers queuing up to have their baskets weighed. Panning shot follows a farm worker as he places the full baskets in rows. The narrator explains the fruit pickers are paid by the pound of raspberries picked. C/U of the full baskets, panning shot up to the fruit pickers having their baskets weighed. C/U of the farmer's hands placing full baskets onto the scales, tilt up to show the fruitpickers filing past. C/U of a young man taking note of the weights. Top shot of the full baskets of raspberries - "each of the baskets holds approximately two pounds and the flat open baskets ensure that the lower levels of berries is not squashed by those on top".
M/S of a pipe band marching down a crowded street, part of the first Montrose Fruit Carnival - a celebration of the end of the fruit harvest. Behind the band march a team of kilted dancers from a local academy and a float adorned with flowers containing the Fruit and Rose Queen, Frances/ Margaret Anderson. C/U of young female spectators eating iced lollies. M/S of a tractor pulling a float decorated with 1300 separate flowers, creating the Montrose coat of arms. C/U of children in fancy dress sitting in the back of a slow moving truck. M/S taken from one of the floats of a man dressed in a Goofy costume collecting money from the crowd of spectators. M/S of the spectators and the Montrose Co-operative Store taken from a moving float. M/S of a float from the Esk Dancing Academy carrying little girls dressed in tutus, behind them is a float decorated in tartan representing a local pub, The Anchor Bar. C/U of the pub float carrying men dressed as cavaliers swilling ale and serving wenches. C/U of a pantomime cow and a man in a fake black beard cavorting up the cobbled streets past the crowds - "we hope the RSPCA won't take this bit of ... er ... cow baiting too seriously". C/U of float decorated with flowers and baskets of raspberries. M/S of another Esk academy float decorated in bright yellow, carrying children in fancy dress. M/S of the pipe band marching towards the camera, panning shot to the Provost of Montrose dressed in his ceremonial robes observing the parade from a platform. C/U of the Provost. M/S of the horse drawn float carrying the Fruit and Rose queen and princesses. M/S of a blue car moving slowly, on the roof stands a young woman in a crown and an orange dress waving to the crowd, above her head a sign reads 'Miss Orange 1959'. High angle L/S of Montrose's crowded main street - various bands, dancers and floats parade past.
Please note in the commentary the rose and fruit queen is named as Margaret Anderson but the paperwork names her as Frances Anderson.