Topical Budget: London’s Choice, Hayes Common (1929)
ProRes digital file Black & White Mute 1929 1:18
Summary: Nice footage of the May Queen festival at Hayes Common.
Title number: 19777
Description: Dozens of sweet-faced children, clothed in white and wearing floral tiaras, are shown walking through an arch of laurel and dancing round a maypole. The May Queen is crowned and then filmed laughing gleefully at the camera.
Further information: Topical Budget (1911-1931) was one of three major British newsreels of the silent era, its main rivals being Gaumont Graphic and Pathé Gazette. Produced by William Jeapes' Topical Film Company, its first issue was released in September 1911. Of several newsreels on the market in this early period, by the middle of the First World War only three survived: Topical, Pathé and Gaumont.
Keywords: May Queen; Festival; newsreel; Silent era; 1920s; Children; Flowers
Locations: Hayes, Bromley