1945 CAVALCADE - A RECORD OF VICTORY CELEBRATIONS IN KING'S LANGLEY [Main Title]
Captioned, edited, amateur colour film shot in King's Langley, Hertfordshire, recording local celebrations on VE Day 8 May 1945, a Red Cross "Victory Fete"on 9 June 1945 and a garden party on 11 August 1945.
Opening titles "1945 CAVALCADE A RECORD OF VICTORY CELEBRATIONS IN KING'S LANGLEY PRESENTED BY LEWIS COLES"
Title "VE DAY 8 MAY 1945": various views of the High Street with many buildings decorated with Union flags and with those of the Allies. Shot of a line of flags including the Union flag, the American flag (Stars and Stripes), Russian flag and the South African flag (Prinsevlag). Title "'THE WAR WITH GERMANY IS NOW ENDED' MR CHURCHILL" Shots of more flags, including some inside, and reflected in, a shop window and flags above the premises of 'Kinloch-Chemists'. Flag of St George flying from the tower of All Saints church. Procession, preceded by two policemen and headed by Boy Scouts carrying the Union flag, the American flag (Stars and Stripes) and the Russian flag, marching along the High Street towards the camera. Procession consists of Boy Scouts, members of the Home Guard, RAF, Royal Observer Corps, nurses and members of Civil Defence. Title "AT THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE ON THE COMMON": views of various members of the procession and women and children listing to the service. Clergyman speaking into a microphone. More shots of the assembled crowds including several young boys looking curiously at the camera. Posed shot of the members of Civil Defence. Close-up shots of all the members of Civil Defence, filmed in groups of three. Close-up shot of one man holding a baby. Extreme close-up of a young woman, who sticks her tongue out to the camera. Posed shot of nurses. Shot of a young girl wearing a patriotic red, white and blue outfit. Posed close-up of a member of a member of Royal Observer Corps looking skyward through his binoculars. Title "COMIC FOOTBALL MATCH GIRLS VERSUS MEN": match between male football players and female netball players. The men are playing football and the women (mostly) playing netball. (The building visible in the background is the King's Langley Royal Observer Corps observation post C1). Title "LATE THE SAME EVENING": night shots of a large bonfire.
Title "RED CROSS VICTORY FETE 8 JUNE 1945": Home Guard band seated outside of a marquee. Various rides, games and stalls, including swing boats, roundabout with miniature (wingless) airplanes, knock the top hat of the man game, miniature steam railway, ring over the block prize game, roll-the-penny game and a spin the wheel prize game (hosted by two men, one wearing a red cape, top hat, sunglasses and a false beard, the other with a blacked face wearing an evening suit and top hat). Sign 'King's Langley Cinema Comedy & Local Interest admission 6d'. Shot of another roll-the-penny game, a young girl on a rocking horse, man bowling, knocking over empty tin cans game and a children's race game which involves the children moving forward on their knees according to the throw of a dice.
Title "11 AUGUST 1945 LCD GARDEN PARTY": men playing darts in a garden. Adults' three-legged race. Children's three-legged race. Group of women talking. (These three scenes are repeated.) Ladies' running race. Men's running race. Women drinking tea. Small baby in a pram. Children putting. Children playing croquet. Further shots of men playing darts. Men and women collecting and marking competition papers (?). Apples, bottled fruits and flowers laid out on a tables for a competition. Group of women posing for the camera each holding a photograph of a baby. Title "THE CONCERT PARTY WIND UP THE PROGRAMME": seven men, using long straps, carry an upright piano across the garden and place it on a small stage. A group of men and women in Victorian dress perform on the small stage. Shot of the pianist. Shot of a women singing. Title "THE END".