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Jubilee Celebrations

THE BIG FIVE 'O' by Sylvia Bull

On the 3rd October 2002, to celebrate both H.M. the Queen and our own Golden Jubilee and in collaboration with Jeremey Hart curator of Bourne Hall museum our chairman Ken Kendal presented a programme of our films in the presence of Epsom's Mayor and Lady Mayoress Councillor and Mrs Keith Mann and some 60 members of the public.

The first half of the programme consisted of newsreel films made on film and transferred by Norman onto video. In some cases Norman had to add sound effects -i.e. horses galloping and jumping at a fete and spot welding at bridge works on the Ewell by Pass. One of the early films had a very descriptive commentary by an unknown narrator- who, regretably, hesitated and stammered a little in his delivery - Norman with his wonderful editing bag of tricks was able to practically eliminate all of these glitches so that the film and commentary ran very smoothly. We saw old newsreel films showing extremely youthful members of the Royal Family - H.M. the Queen, Prince Philip, The Queen Mother and Pricess Margaret arriving at Epsom Downs station for the Derby. Another film starred Princess Margaret opening a new wing at Epsom General Hospital. In yet another film the t.v. personality Katie Boyle was the star attraction at the opening of a fete - she came complete with a shopping basket containing her tiny dog! We saw footage of the demolition of the two cinemas that used to be in Epsom - they were demolished some years apart but Epsom Cine Society was there to record their sad demise. One of my favourite newsreel films is the one that Diggy and John Ellis put together about the closing down of Epsom Indoor Market and I was particularly pleased that this was also included in the programme. The first half was rounded off by showing the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in Epsom - and we were treated to the sight of the Mayor being "wired for sound" with John Ellis craftily concealing the microphone and cable beneath his mayoral finery.

Who do you turn to when you want a coffee break at E.C. & V.S. ? - Eve Mottram of course. Reliable Eve was once again at hand at Bourne Hall and had overseen the filling and heating of a vast cauldron of water, had purchased the disposable beakers, milk, coffee, tea, sugar and biscuits and had arranged tables with it all set out ready for the inevitable onslaught. Ella Dennison very kindly leant a hand and I was a poor third but I am sure everyone had as much tea, coffee and bikkies as they could have wanted.

 

Jubilee Celebrations

After the break we showed some of our own films including: "Did I Say?" and "Song for Tommy" by Diggy. "Crossed Purposes" which as you all know was a club effort for a recent north v south competition. The marvellous "H2O" by John Gannaway - who would think an ice cube melting could be so interesting? and the brilliant "Fort Pulaski" by Brenda and Denis Mabey.

When the final film had finished John Ellis got up from his position behind the vcr, mixer etc. and presented a copy of the video of his Golden Jubilee day. Councillor Keith Mann gave a very nice short speech - he said how much he and his wife had enjoyed themselves both at our show and during his year in office and was most grateful for the video. He confessed that the microphone transmitter had slipped down so that he had to trap it between his knees to prevent it completely falling off - a manoeuvre which meant he had to mince around a little!

I know that Norman and John Ellis to name but two were extremely nervous that things should go well and, in the event they did - the Mayor and his small entourage arrived promptly, the films went without a hitch. We had enough milk and sugar etc. to go around. The audience laughed in the right places - yes I feel sure we can record this as a special event and one to treasure. Thanks go to Ken Kendall for making such a wonderful job of presenting the show, John Green for his superb editing of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, John Gannaway for striking programme designs and printing and displays, Bernie Dennison for building an extra large display board, John Ellis for yet again bringing the electronic contents of his home in the back of his car and doing the projecting. Jack Ligertwood handled the lighting and of course Eve Mottram kept us all fed and watered.

 

SECOND TAKE December 2002.

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