Standard 8mm film Colour Mute 1964 12:07
Summary: 1964 small Christmas party with family and neighbours, as well as mothers and children in garden.
Title number: 19470
LSA ID: LSA/25852
Description: Various young children and mums in garden (Jean Murray and the Murray children, including Dean Murray). Small child wears knitted suit and long socks with white jumper, pauses in a doorway and stumbles along a path, holding hands with his mother. Christmas cards and decorations in an empty living room in Tony Boulter's mother's house: a silver Christmas tree adorned with baubles and topped by a pink fairy take centre stage, a woman in a red and white cardigan enters the room. Three small toddlers are in a modest garden, the smallest is coaxed along the path by its mother, and held by a lady in a white dress, a woman with a tea cosy on her head appears. An elderly couple stands either side of the tree indoors and then the Christmas party begins. Family members sit around the room laughing hysterically, an older woman lifts up her skirt and makes everybody laugh a lot. Interior shots are mostly very dark and appear to be in a very small room. Guests seem to all be family, neighbours and close friends, they wear Christmas hats, drink and dance in couples, guests also dance on their own and form a conga line. The party becomes more rowdy, and one of the male guests seems to be wearing women's clothes.
Credits: Alfie Boulter; filmmaker
Keywords: Family; Children; Christmas decorations; Christmas party
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Barking and Dagenham; Becontree; Davington Road
Julie Dixon wrote on December 30, 2019:The child at the start of the video is my brother, Dean Murray and the lady he is walking with…The child at the start of the video is my brother, Dean Murray and the lady he is walking with is my mum Doris Murray. The party is in the Boulter House and has many of my family in the video including - man in grey cardigan at the start of the party and again at the end with the green Christmas hat is my grandfather William Murray. The lady at the start of the party in the red jumper is my mum Doris Murray. My dad William Murray is also in the video. The lady in the pink jumper and white hair is my grandmother Elise Murray. The lady in the pink cardigan and dark hair is her daughter and my aunt, Jean Murray. I can also see other members of my family including Meg and Olive and my aunt Sheila and her husband Roy Thomas.