Students' parade in fancy dress and do a mock foundation stone laying ceremony.
Title: "Southampton Students' Rag".
M/S of an old banger with students in silly costumes sitting inside and on top of it, they clown about; one of them hits it with a hammer, others pretend to push it. M/S of the car in the middle of a high street, a male student in a kilt cranking the starting handle. M/S of the car being pushed down the street, a crowd of students run behind it. M/S of another car coming down a crowd lined street, students dangle out of the windows waving batons. All of a sudden, more students rush out of the crowd and 'fight' the students in the car! Various M/Ss of the 'fight' - presumably it's horse play but it looks pretty convincing. M/S of the car driving through the crowd, the students still wave from the windows.
L/S of a boat coming into harbour, a ship is anchored in the distance and the wings of a water plane are visible in the foreground. M/S of the boat coming in to more on a jetty, two students wave from the prow. A crowd of students wait on the jetty, one of the students comes off the boat; he wears a large fur coat, a fedora and a false nose and glasses. Various shots of the man in the fedora theatrically embracing several male student in drag, shaking hands with a student dressed as a mayor. M/S of the man in the fedora sitting in a carriage next to one of the students in drag. M/S of a brass band leading a parade of students down the sea front, including the carriage which is pulled by a team of young men.
M/S of a student dressed as Abraham Lincoln standing on the roof of the van, he appears to be conducting. M/S of a group of students in fancy dress sitting on the back of the van, the one dressed as a mayor stands to give a speech. Various shots of the mayor and the fedora man on the back of the van, in front of them, suspended on a rope, is a large block (looks like a foundation stone seems very light). A mock ceremony follows representing the laying of the foundation stone, half way through the 'stone' sprouts legs and runs off! Various shots of students dressed up as dignitaries giving comical speeches from the back of the van. Panning shot over the heads of a crowd watching the students' high jinks.