[Carnivals]

1932 - 1935 , Lowestoft (Suffolk)

A series of carnivals, pageants and other noteworthy events in Lowestoft c1932-1935.

1) Visit of the Duke and Duchess Of York. The Duke and Duchess arrive at the station. They leave the station in an open back car. There are scenes showing a 'walkabout' around Lowestoft in the rain before the Duke and Duchess leave. There are good crowd scenes including people waiting outside their houses. Someone gives a speech in an older area of Lowestoft. The Duke of York visits a boys camp at Southwold. The Duke, dressed in an open necked shirt, watches sporting events on Southwold common. 2) Lowestoft Hospital Fete. This opens with the band of the Boys' Brigade marching through Lowestoft. The fete is opened by the Viscountess Dunwich. The Mayor of Lowestoft, Mr. Humphreys, takes his seat. There is a display by naval cadets, a fancy dress parade, a beauty contest, and an ugly face competition. 3) A view of Lowestoft harbour. This includes sailing yacht and a battleship in port, a military band and a mayoral procession. 4) A bi-plane flying overhead which appears to be parts of the celebrations for the Silver Jubilee of George V in 1935. The first of these shows a carnival procession shot in various parts of the town. This is a different procession to the one filmed later, but one of the floats mentions Jubilee Week. part of the carnival procession features people in various historical costumes. It appears that a historical pageant was attached to this parade. There is a re-enactment of a Civil war skirmish and then another re-enactment of King George II landing at Lowestoft. This is intercut with scenes from the Jubilee carnival procession. There is a torchlight parade, which also shows the town's illuminations, followed by the burning at sea of a replica of a Viking longboat. The final scenes of the Jubilee celebrations are of a firework display. Part of this is shot in Dufaycolor. 5) The final sequence is of a Remembrance Day Service at the town cenotaph.

Featured Events

A visit by the Duke and Duchess of York; Duke of York Boys Camp, Southwold; Lowestoft Hospital Fete; The Celebrations of the Jubilee of King George V

Keywords

Boys Brigade; Carnivals; Fetes; Jubilee celebrations; King George; Pageants; Royal visits; Remembrance Day

Intertitles

Visit of the Duke of York. Lowestoft. Hospital Fete.The Fete was opened by Viscountess Dunwich. Beauty Contest. So ends Carnival.

Other Places

Southwold

Background Information

During the Civil War Lowestoft declared for the King. Yarmouth supported Parliament. In 1643 Lowestoft was the scene of an abortive rising by Royalists from Norfolk and Suffolk, an attempted coup which would probably be forgotten were it not for the fact that Oliver Cromwell himself seized the town and arrested the gentlemen involved. George II landed in Lowestoft in 1736 after a stormy trip across from the Continent. The King was driven by Mr. John Jex to his house in the High Street. (Published in “Lowestoft: East Cost Port,” by Robert Malster. Published by Terence Dalton Limited, Lavenham, Suffolk. 1982.) Viscountess Dunwich, previously Lady Barbara Grosvenor, lived at Dennington Hall, Woodbridge. She married Viscount Dunwich in 1929. Major Selwyn Wollaston Humphrey was Mayor of Lowestoft from 1920 1922, 1931-1933 and 1934-1935. He was involved in making this film. He also made others that feature in the Archive’s collection.

Manifestations

[Carnivals]

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    INV339155
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:30:50
    Modification Date
    22/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    727716
  • Barcode
    INV391917
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:30:50
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724607
  • Barcode
    INV337504
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:30:50
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    723813
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV333346
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:19:44
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    710794
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV229664
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:19:44
    Modification Date
    10/08/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    686555
  • Barcode
    INV237547
    Canonical Identifier
    VP-1060
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    563088
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV242235
    Canonical Identifier
    A-340
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Has Sound
    N
    Identification Notes
    Neg / Pos Type (data migration 25/06/2021): camera
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    positive
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    561069
    Sound
    silent

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