• Short Summary

    A quirky item about young couple of circus performers who have their wedding on a trapeze.

  • Description

    Middleton, King's Lynn, Norfolk.

    L/S of Peter Brasnett balancing on the top of a very high pole - he is in the process of erecting a trapeze. C/U of Peter's fiancee, Margaret Smith using a rope pulley to pass equipment up to Peter. Low angle shot of the pole with Peter at the top hauling up the equipment. C/U of one the pole's support cable fixed into the ground. M/S of Margaret standing next to the base of the pole. Peter hops down and gives her a big kiss and they walk off arm in arm. The narrator explains that Peter and Margaret will marry in church but their wedding reception will take place on the trapeze as they are circus performers!

    M/S of a group of wedding guests standing in the garden of the Wootton New Inn, around a table with a wedding cake on. C/U of the cake, tilt up to display the three tiers and a decorative baby doll on a trapeze on the top. M/S of two women in hats and gloves sipping red wine. M/S of the cake and the guests. The newly wed Peter and Margaret - known professionally as Leone and Miss Tarnyia - enter and admire their cake. Margaret is kissed by an elderly woman. C/U of Peter playing with the doll on the cake. M/S of the cake and the guests as Peter walks out of frame. M/S of some of the male guests dismantling the three tiers of the cake. M/S of a man holding one of the cake sections walking through a crowd of guests to the base of the trapeze. He follows another man up a step ladder positioned next to the trapeze. C/U of another man holding the top of the cake looking up. L/S of Ted Townsend, the best man, and another man reassembling the wedding cake on a table (in fact a soap box) balanced at the top of the ladder. C/U of two bridesmaids looking upwards. C/U of the pub landlord, Lorry Porter, turning a handle which cranks up the ladder so it is level with the trapeze swing.

    M/S of the two newly weds standing at the base of the pole - Margaret hitches her wedding dress up and climbs the pole, the camera follows her up. C/U of Peter as he starts to climb, tilt down to his feet. The camera follows Peter's feet as he climbs. C/U of a woman in a hat sipping sherry and giggling. M/S of the happy couple perched on trapeze swings, slicing the cake balanced on the ladder in front of them. C/U of an elderly male guest smiling as he looks on. M/S of the couple waving from their trapeze swings, Margaret is holding a slice of cake in her hand. High angle shot, taken from the top of the trapeze, of the crowd of guests waving below - the narrator jokes, "this, incidentally, is one reception where any guest can get a case of torticollis any time at all - no, it's not a crate of exotic drink, but a fruity term for a stiff neck". M/S of Margaret and Peter dangling upside down from the trapeze - Margaret holds down the skirt of her dress to stop it revealing too much. High angle shot of the crowd below applauding. M/S of the couple sitting upright waving at the crowd before embracing and kissing.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:44:00 / 01:43:52:00
    CP 249

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