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Title:WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 350-1 (fragment) [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 654a
Other titles:PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 350-1 (fragment) [Alternative Title]
Summary: I. Newsreel item on a children's May Day parade through Kent, 1st May 1918.
II. Newsreel item on the break-up of a pacifist meeting in Finsbury Park, London, May 1918.
III. Newsreel item on a Land Girl calling for volunteers in the middle of London, helping one lady to sign on, May 1918.
IV. Newsreel item on British soldiers helping refugees, including old ladies, onto a train for evacuation, near Béthune, Western Front, 10th-14th April 1918.
Description: The children's banners show that they come from London or its suburbs. The procession passes two cars full of soldiers and one sergeant gets out and jokingly kisses the May Queen. The May Queen is later ceremonially crowned.
It is raining in the park. People in a large crowd wave at the camera. Mounted police move through the crowd and one man can be seen to be led away in handcuffs.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Topical Film Company (Production company)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army (regiment/service)
Police Force (regiment/service)
Women's Land Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: celebrations, British - popular: May Day (object name)
law and order, British - enforcement (object name)
politics, British - alternative (object name)
recruitment, British civilian: Women's Land Army (object name)
refugees, French - flight (object name)
transport, British military - rail (object name)
Kent, England, UK (geography)
GB, England & London, N <Finsbury Park> (geography)
GB, England & London, WC (geography)
Béthune, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 199 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details
Subtitles: these are all flashframes
Summary: See also IWM 186 for the refugee item. Note that a French language version of item IV is IWM 673b and a Spanish language version of the whole issue is IWM 700b
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 654b, the can is marked as IWM 654