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Dumfries Guid Nychburris Day (clip)

Annual Festival from Dumfries

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The Dumfries Guid Nychburris Festival on 27th June 1956 including the pageant and coronation of the Queen of the South.

The clip features the Crier making his way through the town to make an announcement with other dignitaries. Toasts are made on horseback before the Riding of the Marches commences.

Questions & Activities


  • What does "Guid Nychburris" mean?
  • What are the people on horseback supposed to be doing?
  • What is a float?
  • What flags are waved?
  • Can you spot some forms of advertising?


List all the things you see happening and the costumes. What kind of floats can you see?

Research how the practice of a cavalcade of floats originated?

Find out the origin of the festival.

Write a story entitled "The Would Be Queen" or a story about your role in the event.

Invent a new local tradition.

Design a float that represents something unique about your community.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-031-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0176
Date 1956 (27 - 30 June)
Genre Local Topical
School Subject Modern Studies, English, History, Art and Design, Social Studies
Who Lyceum Cinema (sponsor)
Where Dumfries
Event Festival
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 7:24
Film Length 13:04