[dropcap type=”circle”]J[/dropcap]une 7 is the 40th anniversary of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Many Britons shrugged off the austerity of the 1970s and turned out in force to celebrate, not least in Heswall, which witnessed a parade of marchers and floats from across our part of Wirral.
Movie footage shot by David Stanton on that summer’s day in 1977 is a great record of lives and times which somehow seem more distant than the calendar suggests. (Please note, the film has no soundtrack, so don’t worry if you can’t hear anything.)
David, a vet who lives in Lower Heswall with his wife Paula, describes how the film came to be made: “I’d bought a Super 8 cine camera from a friend and needed things to try it out on. The pageant came down Telegraph Road so I set up about 30 yards on the other side of the road from where Sangs Chinese restaurant used to be.
“I’m pretty sure Round Table were the instigators of the event. I was in Round Table at the time, and a lot of the knights you see in the film were my fellow members. The police allowed traffic past but it had to go very slowly and keep well over. It was just one long procession.
“I actually can’t remember that much about the day; it’s just as well I filmed it. Then we moved to the Puddydale where they all finished off with barbecues and hot dog stalls and things for the children to do, like swings.
“I wasn’t involved in the pageant itself, but I did say I’d record it for Round Table – and I don’t think they ever got to see it!”
Well – we can all see it now. Thanks to David for shooting the footage in the first place, and to his son, Mike, for sending the digitised movie so we could upload it to our youtube channel.
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What else was going on in 1977?
- The Brit Awards were held for the first time.
- The last natural smallpox case was recorded.
- Marc Bolan died in a car crash.
- Red Rum won the Grand National for the third time.
- The Sex Pistols released the album, Never Mind the Bollocks.
- Star Wars opened.
- Virginia Wade won Jubilee Wimbledon.