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Elgin Charcity Day

Footage from the Elgin Charcity Day, 1933

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Opening credits. Expectant crowds, including a band of pipers, sit and watch a football match. There are shots of the game, including one of the teams running onto the pitch in their striped strip. We then see people on the boating lake, before shots of children on a carnival float at the start of the parade. We see various floats, including a spectacular two-headed dragon. Some children then dance in costume, before we see the boating lake again, this time with a large model toy steamer and a model of the Loch Ness monster. A brass band marches down the street followed by cyclists and then the carnival floats. There is more of the football match, with scanning shots of the watching crowds; a pipe band then marches in the field. An older couple judge a line of girls, and one is crowned carcity queen. There is then a boy's relay race, cycle races, and a shot of a man holding a horse by the head. We return to the football game - the team in plain shirts run onto the pitch, the referee tosses for sides, and a lady dignitary kicks off the match.

Questions & Activities


  • Why do you think it'€™s called "€œCharcity Day"€?
  • What different sports activities are seen in the film?
  • What events can you list at the event?
  • Why do you think there are so many women at the football match?
  • Why are fair and gala days important?
  • Have you been to a fair day/gala - what did you see?


Art Design: Design a new football strip for the Elgin team.

Enterprise: Plan and run a charity gala day for your school or local community.

History / Social Studies: What events/culture or parts of society would you capture for posterity? Create a time capsule.

Moving Image Education: Create and record a commentary for the film.

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

History: Research how the practice of a cavalcade of floats originiated.

History: Find out the history of the festival. Why is it so important to Elgin.

History: Research your local gala/fair day. What are the similarities and differences?

Media Studies / History: Compare and contrast this film with Ferry Fair, Bo'ness Fair and Wick Herring Queen.

Art and Design: Design a float that represents something unique about your community.

Business / Modern Studies: Invent your own new tradition.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-195-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1466
Date 1933
Genre Local Topical
School Subject History, Art and Design, Business Studies, Social Studies, Expressive Arts
Who Playhouse Cinema, Elgin (sponsor)
Where Elgin
Event Charcity Day
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 7:59
Film Length 07:59