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  • Short Summary

    London's May Queen, Gladys Hastings, flies in a biplane to her May Queen procession and is crowned there.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "The Modern May Queen! - Gladys Hastings... London's May Queen... flies to her Coronation and open air Court."

    Hayes Common.

    M/S shows a young girl, Gladys Hastings, beside a plane, being helped on with her flying helmet and a coat to go over her short, frilly 'May Queen' dress. She climbs up a ladder and gets into the back seat of a biplane. M/S of Gladys waving goodbye to the woman (her mother?) and small group of children who have come to see her off. The aeroplane has painted on the side 'Surrey Flying Services, Croydon'.

    L/S of the plane taking off.

    M/S shows Gladys on a float as part of a May Queen procession; several other children and adults walk beside the float and carry flowered banners. M/S of a girl in a fancy costume placing a crown firmly on Gladys' head, while others in similar costume stand around her. M/S of Gladys standing on a small pedestal in a field, surrounded by costumed children and making a speech. A maypole can be seen in the background.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:36:00 / 01:05:31:00
    G 1501

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