Cat no. 1

Aldeburgh Compilation

Running time10:30 Colour Sound 1975 Aldeburgh, Suffolk

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Scenes in Aldeburgh.



A compilation of films shot in the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Mere. There are some post-war scenes. Scenes concentrate on town pageantry, the Carnival and the Church Parade, a garden fete a Lancroft Gardens and events at the homes of local dignitaries. There are beach scenes. These show ladies bathing (the bathing machines are visible) and of the launch of the City Of Winchester, one of the first sailing lifeboats. These are scenes of fishing boats on the beach at Aldeburgh and of the weigh-in at a fishing competition. There are shots of sports day at Thorpeness Mere and of surfboarding on the River Alde in 1932. Post-war film dates from 1952 and shows the Renaissance Singers performing at the Aldeburgh Festival at Thorpeness Mere. There is also film of the first post-war Carnival.


This is an edited compilation of film shot in and around Aldeburgh during the 1920s and 1930s by local people, including Miss Basham and Miss Mabel Machin. The film was given to Mr. Keith Cable who recorded the commentary at a later date, using his local knowledge to identify many of the people and events shown. Mr. Cable was the grandson of one of the lifeboat crew filmed. In 1975, with funding by Eastern Arts Association, this film was compiled, edited by Tim Rayner. 16mm version with magnetic stripe.

Featured People:

Mr. Walsh, Conductor, Aldeburgh Presentation Band; HS Jones, Mayor of Aldeburgh(1928); Sidney Brewer (or Lewer), Mayor of Aldeburgh; Miss Petitt, Mayor of Aldeburgh; Mayor of Aldeburgh; Alderman Grundy, Mayor of Aldeburgh; Alderman Reed, Mayor of Aldeburgh; Miss Nancy Reed, carnival queen; Miss Jane Constance, carnival queen; Miss Sheila Constance (1934), carnival queen; Fred Salter, identified at the weigh-in; Katy Webster, identified at the weigh-in; Michael Howard, conductor, Renaissance Singers; Mr. Henry Wood, mace bearer; Mrs. Grundy

Featured Organisations:

Aldeburgh Presentation Band; Girl Guides; British Legion; Fire Service; Renaissance Singers

Featured Events:

Aldeburgh Carnival, 1928; Aldeburgh Carnival 1934 and others; Garden fete At Lancroft Gardens; Aldeburgh Church parade; Practice launch of the lifeboat, City Of Winchester; Fishing Competition Weigh-in; Sports Day, Thorpeness Mere, 1952; Aldeburgh Festival

Featured Buildings:

Moot Hall, Aldeburgh

Eastern Arts Association

Tim Rayner

Miss Mabel Machin; Miss Basham

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