• Short Summary

    The opening of Mitcham Fair. Great shots of fairground rides.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "All the Fun of the Fair. Mitcham Fair opened with the historic key as in Elizabethan days - and long may it continue."

    Mitcham, Greater London.

    Group of men stand in front of large crowd. One of them is holding a large symbolic key with which to open the fair. In the background is a fairground ride. The fair is declared open and the crowd cheer.

    High angle shot of the fair ground rides in full swing. Good shots of the fair. There are swinging boats, carousels / merry-go-rounds, etc.

    The key is carried through the crowd.

    Good shots of the crowds at the fair.

    Shots of a swinging chair ride. Closer shots of the people as they are lifted up on the chairs and swung round.

    Good shots of swing boat ride, called Big Lizzie.

    Small children's merry-go-round. Closer shots of children on the ride.

    Young women on swings.

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary) Great story for shots of 1930's fair grounds.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:01:00 / 01:06:00:00

Comments (1)

  1. WadeMitcham says

    The man presenting the key was Mr W. Carlton, chairman of the Mitcham Urban District Council in that year. The post of chairman is for one year, and his name can be seen on the list of chairmen in this photo on Merton Memories


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