Bexley Christmas Show, 1995
VHS Colour Sound 1995 13:29
Summary: A lively record of Christmas festivities in Bexley, a variety of impressive performances, from jazz bands to mime artists, as jaunty locals dressed as Christmas decorations populate the streets at night, and a wide spectrum of life in the borough is represented in this entertaining home video.
Title number: 1545
LSA ID: LSA/2052
Description: The tune ‘Yesterday’ plays as we see a selection of Christmas cards on display. ‘The King’s Head’ pub is decorated with Christmas trees. Large crowds gather on the High street at night and applaud as an old gentlemen gets out of a car. A compere introduces the evening and presents the old gentleman with a gift. A sequence reveals a variety of locals in their shops, wearing fancy dress or preparing for the festivities. A young lady dressed as a Royal Doulton figurine gives a twirl, a postman stands with someone dressed as Postman Pat, two ladies stand in a hairdressers, one is dressed as a Christmas decoration the other as a fairy. A man hand cranks a victorian puppet theatre, as it plays a tune. Shops are adorned with decorations. A crowd of children sing carols with Father Christmas. Women dressed as pearly queens serve customers. Children have their faces painted, and a band plays old jazz standards outside NatWest bank. One of a series of random shots reveals a striped sports car. People stand outside ‘Aldridges’ on the corner of a street. A man and lady serve tea and biscuits. A one man band is performing, while someone dressed in a bird costume looks bemused. The ladies dressed as Christmas decorations stand in a room with lots of other people dressed in costume, and play up to the camera. A group of teenage boys play some slow, melodic music. A well decorated Christmas tree. A mime artist does tricks. Locals dressed in school uniforms pose for the camera. Street scenes show clowns mixing with ordinary folk, three older ladies appear to be dressed as suffragettes. Locals mill about the area, jolly music plays and Christmas lights add a vibrancy to the proceedings. A couple in a shop show their baby to the camera. Some shop owners go about their business. Bell ringers perform tunes outside, the crowd applauds.
Keywords: Bexley; Christmas
J.Davison wrote on December 16, 2015:The "old gentleman" in the opening sequence is Ted Heath, then the local MP.