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Topical Budget 192-1: St. George's Day at Stratford-on-Avon (1915)


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"ST GEORGE'S DAY AT STRATFORD-UPON-AVON. The anniversary of Shakespeare's birthday celebrated at Stratford-upon-Avon. The procession to the church to decorate the poet's tomb".

The start of the procession. In front of the parade are two dignitaries - one an elderly, white-bearded man carrying a rolled umbrella; the other a much younger man with dark curly hair who holds a large garland of flowers. Another shot of the beginning of the march; the curly-haired man stands with a man wearing a chain of office [presumably the Mayor] and another dignitary all of whom hold large garlands. Slow pan left to right to show some women at the head of the procession. Medium long shot of procession moving up the High Street. Rear view of the procession walking down the parish churchyard including the boys of the Stratford Grammar School.

Note: Each year on April 23rd (St George's Day and the day of Shakespeare's death - and probably his birth) there is a procession through the town where civil dignitaries, academics, representatives from local organisations and schoolchildren take floral tributes to Shakespeare's tomb in the parish church.

The Mayor in 1915 was A.D. Flower.