Title ID 1518Collection ID480
Title[A ‘Capitol’ Newsreel by Clifford Spain III]
Date1927 - 1934
CollectionClifford Spain
ThemePublic Services Urban Life
KeywordsCarnivals Children Clubs Communities Games Hospitals Leisure Time Activities Local Government Parades Rivers Royalty Sport Swimming Visits
LocalChertsey Hersham (?) Walton Weybridge
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionThe Capitol Jubilee Gazette (?)
ParticipantsH.R.H. Princess Beatrice; Major-Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration30 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of films of local interest which which were exhibited in a newsreel format at the Capitol Cinema in Walton-on-Thames by its manager Clifford Spain. The films record community events including parades, local election results and sports meetings. The camera pays special attention to the locals who visit the events.


The Capitol Theatre Presents Scenes and Events (1927) The camera films a large gathering of mothers and young children (at a baby show?).

Heathfield Sports Association Sports Meeting Adults and children compete in various sporting competitions at the Walton Club Football Ground. Amongst these are a sack race, a pillow fight on a pole, and a three-legged race. The victors are presented their prizes.

[Procession in Aid of the Walton Maternity Home] (10 July 1927?) Crowds line the main shopping streets in Hersham (?) to watch a parade which comprises representatives of the fire service, marching bands, floats and children in fancy dress.

Opening of the New Hospital, Weybridge by HRH Princess Beatrice (June 1928) Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, visits Weybridge to officially open the town's new cottage hospital.

The Carnival Procession (ca. 1930) A parade of floats and children in fancy dress passes through Walton-on-Thames (?).

Comic Football Match (ca. 1930) Crowds of people arrive to watch a football match between men, some of whom are in drag.

The Declaration of the Poll at Chertsey Town Hall (ca. 1930) People line the streets of Chertsey, watching as the Conservative candidate Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter is declared the winner of the local election.

The Walton Swimming Club Fete and Burlesque Cricket Match (9 September 1931) Members of Walton Swimming Club dress up in drag and fancy dress for a cricket match at Stompond Park.

mmm of the Walton-on-Thames Swimming Club (ca. 1933) Teenage members of Walton Swimming Club dive into the River Thames from the riverbank which will soon house their new pavilion. A large crowd watches the entertainment.

mm (16 June 1934) Footage from the official opening of Walton Swimming Club's new pavilion on the banks of the River Thames. After the ceremony, club members have fun diving and jumping into the river.


A still from [A 'Capitol' Newsreel by Clifford Spain III] (1927-1934) showing a pillow fightA still from [A 'Capitol' Newsreel by Clifford Spain III] (1927-1934) showing a carnival float