Barking and Dagenham Town Show 2
Standard 8mm film Colour Mute 1965 5:20
Summary: Barking and Dagenham Town Show parade, with the carnival queen, floats and marching bands.
Title number: 19485
Description: The film depicts a large parade going down a high street with shops and residential flats in evidence, drawing in floats from different boroughs from East London and Essex. Spectators watch in a single orderly line from the pavement. Couples in formal dress walk alongside with a push chair. All the women are wearing dresses or skirts and coats and some headscarves. The men are also formally dressed with jackets, shirts and ties and raincoats. The floats are exuberant and colourful with a great attention to detail and creativity. There is combination of commercial and community floats, many of which are collecting money for their causes. The floats pass by in the following order: Miss Edmonton; Miss Newham; Barking Photography Club; white Consul convertible with three beauty queens in pink perched on the back dressed in pink; a Morgan/Jaguar convertible with the Basildon Carnival Queen and Court in the back seat driven by two young men; Southend Kursal Flyer, a large steam train; Barking & Dagenham Post; Cadets Tipped cigarettes, with giant cigarette packages; Radio Caroline, a tiny float on a bike; a Shetland Pony and a number of customised decorated bikes covered in colourful crepe paper; Dagenham girl pipers; High Speed Gas; Tate and Lyle Sugar; the Lifeboat Association, with a large model boat; a large float made to look like a paddle-boat; Sims Printers of Barking; Help Handicapped Children; Play-Leader Scheme; Removals by Rudge; some bagpipes; Fort Float; The Retreat Restaurant with Veterans of Dunkirk on the side; St John's Ambulance Brigade; Woodford Women's League of Health and Beauty; A La Modes; St John's Ambulance again; Austin's of East Ham Ltd. with a Desert Island Discs-themed float; Air Cadets Marching Band; old women in a giant shoe; Sterkenwalds Church; various unidentifiable floats, and finally a large group of majorettes in white uniform with long socks and batons.
Credits: Alfie Boulter; filmmaker
Further information: This film is preceded directly by film 19471: Barking and Dagenham Town Show 1
Keywords: Parades; Carnivals; beauty queen; town show; marching band
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Barking and Dagenham
Pam winmill wrote on September 14, 2017:Im the girl riding the bike that looks like a wagon
Anon wrote on February 22, 2017:Depending on whether this was the Dagenham Town Show Carnival or the Barking Carnival. I was Playleader…Depending on whether this was the Dagenham Town Show Carnival or the Barking Carnival. I was Playleader Queen for Heath Park, leg in plaster for the Barking Carnival 1965
Christine wrote on February 21, 2017:My dad drove a float in the 60s for barking carnival it was the old woman who lived in a…My dad drove a float in the 60s for barking carnival it was the old woman who lived in a shoe but I can't see the name on the lorry he worked for L Watkinson and son scrap metal they had a yard in river road
Would love to find out if that was him
Eric Feasey wrote on October 23, 2015:Austins of East ham float, though it's called Austins of East ham they also had a large factory down Abbey…Austins of East ham float, though it's called Austins of East ham they also had a large factory down Abbey road, on the old Hewitt's ship building yard, Austins with the largest joinery company in England, they produce most of the mouldings for the Becontree estate, there had also built a factory called centenary works celebrating 100 years in the timber trade this was on the old Wellington mill site, now the reason you got desert island is the palm tree, magazines from the 30 show Austin completely into everything to do woodworking, Austin the company that employed many local people, wood machinist, carpenters, labourers, office workers, Barking and Dagenham chooses to forget them in their part in building the Becontree estate