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Royal Visit to Rochester 31 October 1984
The film begins with views of the crowds and onlookers in Rochester High Street prior to the arrival of HM Queen Elizabeth II, from a first floor vantage point on the north side of the High Street. The film moves to the bottom of the staircase at the Corn Exchange where guests are ascending to the Queen's Hall and then to the Queen's Hall itself which is filling, with a glimpse of the silverware on the queen's table. Last minute vacuum cleaning is taking place on the ground floor of the Corn Exchange and we glimpse the photograph of the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Customal in the Prince's Hall, Michael Moad, Museum Curator and City Archivist in attendance.
In the doorway of the Prince's Hall facing onto the High Street are Robin Leigh Pemberton, Lord Lieutenant of Kent and Ron Gregory, Assistant Chief Executive of Rochester upon Medway City Council (bearded). Further street scene and the Queen's motorcade, crowds, pupils from Balfour Junior School, temporary pedestrian barriers and flag waving. Another street scene and banners at the crossroads of High Street, Northgate and Boley Hill.
HM The Queen enters Prince's Hall from the High Street and she and the Duke of Edinburgh sign the Rochester Customal amid flash photography. Councillor Tom Mason, Mayor of Rochester upon Medway is in attendance in full mayoral regalia and introductions are made. The Mayor of Gillingham, Councillor George Smith, invites the Queen to sign the Gillingham Borough Council visitors' book. White wine is served to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh and an informal gathering takes place preparatory to the royal guests ascending to the Queen's Hall.
The next scene is of the crowds and royal walkabout near Chertsey's Gate [cf. College Gate], the Queen accompanied by the Mayor of Rochester upon Medway and the Lord Lieutenant. Cub scouts approach the Queen with posies and we glimpse the TVS camera crew, the scene again viewed from a first floor vantage point. The Queen departs by limousine, the Bishop of Rochester Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard David Say in attendance and likewise the Mayor of Rochester upon Medway departs by official car. A bulldog tenaciously grips a flag while its owner tustles with it and in the closing scenes we see Rochester Cathedral in the background and crowds in the street.
Cameras Colin Gibb, Peter Tadman and Roy Webster, Produced and directed by Peter Tadman.
Produced by the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) CCTV Branch, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, for Gillingham Borough Council.
From the Gillingham Borough Archives (collection GBC, accession no. MTC/MR/13 (GBC/Box/21))
File updated by Borough Archivist 9 September 2006
Quantity: 17 minutes, 30 seconds
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