Footage of Duke of Kent in Sierra Leone to celebrate Independence.
Sierra Leone Independence.
Angle shot. St. George's Cathedral in Freetown pan down to L/S of Christian worshippers leaving. M/S The Archbishop of York chatting to worshippers. M/S people leaving church. C/U Pan man wearing top hat. C/U Pan. woman wearing Turban round head. C/U Pan another man wearing hat. C/U Pan another woman wearing flowered and lace hat. M/S Pan man wearing bowler hat, C/U Pan. another man wearing top hat. M/S Two ladies one black and one white holding hands. C/U Showing hands clasped together.
L/S of the Duke of Kent's (Prince Edward) aeroplane landing on runway. M/S of the Duke of Kent shaking hands with Sir Maurice Dorman, the Governor of Sierra Leone. M/Ss of the Duke greeting various dignitaries and inspecting the Guard of Honour. Various shots of royal procession making its way through streets of Freetown. C/Us of members of crowd cheering. C/U man wearing hat with the words. "Independence 27th April, 1961. Sierra Leone". C/U man wearing Fez Type hat. Various shots of the Duke attending ceremony. He is presented with the key to the city.
L/Ss of the Duke's car driving past as it enters the gates of the government house. L/S of mass of canoes assembled for races. L/S of crowds watching form stands. Various shots of canoe race in progress. L/S of the winning canoe. A man holds up a Union Jack. C/U Man and woman watching. L/S of the Su Su girls (ten to fifteen years olds) from scarcies area. Singing and hand clapping. M/S The Maatu (leader) singing and hand clapping standing in front of the group she turns and faces them. M/S of band playing various instruments. C/U One of the bandsmen pan down to him banging a skin drum. M/S Pan of the Su Su girls singing and hand clapping.
C/U Showing their coloured skirt with the "Independence 27th April 1961" on skirt Full C/U of one of the girls singing. L/S of the Su Su girls singing. L/S of the Su Su girls dancing round in a circle. M/S Group of natives girls watching one woman carrying basket loaded with materials on head. M/S Su Su girls dancing round in ring the leader blowing a whistle. M/S Showing the coloured skirts the girls are wearing as they dance round.
L/S of the girls dancing in a type of formation. C/U Two women watching. The Duke meeting and talking to paramount chiefs. C/U a native smiling into camera as she holds a large glass of refreshment. C/U Native man laughing. C/U Paramount chief. C/U another chief pan to another. M/S Two ladies all dressed up in their lace dress and Turban like. hat. on the left is the Honourable Madame Ella Koblo Gulama. M/S Two ladies all dressed up in their lace dress and turban-like hats on the left is the Hon. Madame Ella Koblo Gulama of Mayamba, district of Sierra Leone, first woman in house of representatives. C/U Madame Ella smiling M/S of group Paramount Chiefs.
M/S of the Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai driving past in his car on way for the state opening of parliament. M/S of Pathe cameraman Pat Whitaker filming. L/S of House of Representatives with Guard of Honour line up outside. The Duke's car arrives. M/S Duke stepping out of car. L/S of the Duke sitting down inside the House of Representatives. L/Ss of the proceedings. L/S of the Duke handing over the constitutional instruments, the representatives applaud. Exterior - Bundu dancers (little girls) from South East Province. Various good shots of the girls dancing.