• Short Summary

    Formation of Junior Town Council in Finsbury and their first debate about use of a bomb site.

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    Finsbury, London.

    Various shots show the formation of a Junior Town Council in the borough of Finsbury with natural sound.

    The public area is made up of teenagers; a few adults look on. The official Mayor, Councillor Barrie, hands his mace and chain to 19-year-old Henry Murrell (he looks about 40). Henry takes his place and asks for nominations for office of Junior Town Clerk. George Allen is nominated and duly takes his place, putting on his wig. Teenagers applaud. He makes a nice speech giving his thanks for his nomination and says he hopes to be an efficient Town Clerk.

    Various shots follow as the council and public debate the use of a bomb site for a new car park. A letter is read out, signed by William Smith and Son, who have business premises near the site and request that they be allowed to use the area for parking cars and delivery vans. A rather plummy boy (Junior Borough Engineer) gives us the size and location of the site.

    A girl stands up and proposes the site be used as a cycle track. A boy gets up and proposes that it be used as a football pitch, to cries of "Hear, Hear!". Another young man (who seems much older) suggests the site is used for housing. The Junior Mayoress suggests it is used as a garden for old people with a playground for children. It is decided by the council that the matter be referred to the Housing and Works Committee.

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    New pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:01:00 / 01:32:17:00
    NP 179

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