Leeds West Indian Carnival On Film Vol.1: 1970 – 1980

Bonus: 1965 Opportunity Knocks

1965 filmColour: Black and white
Sound: Original sound
Length: 0:2:54
Original Air Date : 31 July 1965
Source: BFI Archive

 

 

Description: A clip of the All Steel Caribbean Band from Leeds appearing on the TV show Opportunity Knocks in July 1965. The band are shown on the stage performing two songs live. The camera shows close-ups of several members of the band. The band line-up alters for the second song with Sonny Marks taking center stage to perform lead vocals.

1970 Graham Redmond Amature Footage

1970 filmColour: Full Colour
Sound: Silent
Length: 0:0:37
Location: Potternewton Park
Date: 31 August 1970
Source: Private collection

 

Description: Underexposed amature footage filmed by Graham Redmond at Potternewton Park. The footage shows BBC Radio Leeds setting up in Potternewton Park, a close up of a Carnival Queen, a woman in a blue hat being interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds, the Sun Worshippers troupe, Peter Springer as the Sun God, and a troupe member in a grass skirt. The owner of the film says there is more footage but it’s condition makes it unwatchable.

1973 ITV Footage

1973 film itvColour: Black and white
Sound: Silent
Length: 0:0:31
Location: Potternewton Park
Date: 27 August 1973
Source: ITV archive

Description: Black and white ITV footage filmed at Potternewton Park before the parade. Footage shows a troupe dressed as Mexican bandits dancing and moving forward in the park, Carnival Queen preparing in the park,  Sioux Indians troupe dancing in the park, more troupes dancing in the park including three men in suits and face paint and a troupe of children dressed as archers, steel pan band playing in the park, and a close up of a maraca player.

1973 BBC Footage

1973 filmColour: Black and white/Full Colour
Sound: Silent
Length: 0:0:15 (black and white) 0:0:28 (colour)
Location: Leeds
Date: 27 August 1973
 Source: BBC archive

 

Description: Black and white BBC footage filmed from Chapeltown Road looking down Harehills Avenue. Footage shows a close-up of a woman in a Queen costume, a close-up of a steel band playing on the road, a second carnival Queen, the parade making its way past Cantor’s Fish Bar on the corner of Harehills Avenue, and a overhead shot of the parade going down Harehills Avenue. The BBC archive also hold some colour footage of the parade which shows a close-up of a steel pan player, a close-up of a man in costume, ‘African Fantasy’ troupe, a shot of the parade in the city centre and spectators either watching or joining in.

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1974 Out And About

1974 filmColour: Full colour
Sound: Silent
Length: 0:0:32
Location: Potternewton Park
Date: 26 August 1974
Source: Yorkshire Film Archive

 

Description: Colour footage shot by amateur documentary filmmaker Ken Leckenby at Potternewton Park. Footage show a steel band playing in the park, spectors watching the band, a carnival troupe wearing red costumes, Carnival Queen Yvonne Ruddock in the park, three women talking, and a close-up of Yvonne Ruddock.

1975 ITV Footage 

1975Colour: Full colour
Sound: Silent
Length: 0:0:19
Location: Leeds
Date: 25 August 1975
Source: ITV archive

Description: Nineteen seconds of coloured footage showing the Carnival parade on the road. The footage shows three different Carnival Queens dancing down the road as spectators and police officers watch on. A small crowd on the roadside watch as a woman in a pink floral dress and large brightly coloured hat walks passed. Footage may have had original sound but has since been dubbed with music.

 

1977 Countdown To The Festival

1977 filmColour: Full colour
Sound: Original audio and dubbed narration
Length: 0:24:18
Location: Manchester and Leeds, various locations
Date: Summer 1977
Source: BBC archive

 

Description: Episode four of the BBC documentary series Countdown To The Festival. The full episode, aired in December 1977, follows the Ducie High School Steel Band during the summer of 1977. Around eight minutes of the episode show Leeds West Indian Carnival. Footage includes an interview with band member Lloyd who speaks about the Leeds West Indian Carnival, a steel band rehearsing at Chapeltown Community Centre, Hebrew Rawlins and Sheila Wilkes working on their Queen costume, a short interview with Hebrew Rawlins, Hebrew Rawlins and friends arriving at Primrose Hill High School, Limbo dancers on the school stage, audience members dancing in the school hall, Carnival Queen contestants on the stage, Carnival Queen Patricia Wilkes on the stage, the Ducie High School Steel Band travelling from Manchester to Leeds, the Ducie High School Steel Band setting up in Potternewton Park, various shots of the parade including overhead shots of troupes and steel bands on the road, a shot of Lord Silkie and his crew, a bird’s-eye view of the parade, and close-up shots of the crowds. Around three minutes of the parade are shown in total.

1978 Out And About

1978 filmColour: Full colour
Sound: Original sound and dubbed narration
Length: 0:3:13
Location: Potternewton Park
Date: 28 August 1978
Source: Yorkshire Film Archive

 

Description: Colour footage with original sound shot by amateur documentary filmmaker Ken Leckenby at Potternewton Park. Ken Leckenby later dubbed some narration over the footage. The footage includes shots of crowds arriving at Potternewton Park, men and women in costumes walking around the park, a police officer talking to a man in face paint, Ian Charles in a ‘Calypso Radio Leeds’ T-shirt, steel pan bands playing in the park, troupes and Queens preparing for the parade, troupe members in face paint and grass skirts dancing in the park, and troupes and bands leaving the park for the parade.

1978 Paradise Lost

1978 film bbcColour: Full colour
Sound: Original sound with steel band overdubbed
Length: 0:0:24
Location: Chapeltown
Date: 28 August 1978
Source: BBC archive

 

Description: The introduction of the ‘City’ episode of the BBC documentary series Paradise Lost, aired in March 1979. Footage shows the carnival parade including close-up shots of the spectators, a boy blowing a whistle at the camera, people dancing, Arthur France dancing, and children sat on a wall watching the parade. Only the introduction of the episode includes footage of the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

1979 Police Footage

1979 filmColour: Full colour
Sound: Silent
Length: 0:4:16
Location: Potternewton Park and Chapeltown.
Date: 27 August 1979
Source: Yorkshire Film Archive

 

Description: Silent footage originally from the West Yorkshire Police archive. Footage shows the Morning Glory troupe and Queen in Potternewton Park, a steel band playing in the park, crowds watching as Ian Charles and others pull the steel band in the park, the Morning Glory troupe on the road, troupes and spectators dancing down Chapeltown Road including the Caribbean Extravaganza troupe lead by Arthur France, steel bands playing on the road, awards been given on the stage in Potternewton Park, and North Stars steel band playing in the park.

1980 Calendar News

1980 filmColour: Full colour
Sound: Original sound and dubbed narration
Length: 0:5:35
Location: Various locations in Leeds
Original Air Date: 22 August 1980
Source: Yorkshire Film Archive

 

Description: Footage from ITV’s Calendar News first transmitted on 22 August 1980. The footage includes original sound with dubbed narration by reporter Petrina Rance. The footage shows Hughbon Condor arriving at Primrose Hill High School for the Carnival Queen Show, an interview with Abdul Ali outside the school while Ian Charles helps set up a steel band in the background, an interview with Edris Browne outside her home, an interview with Hughbon Condor outside Primrose Hill High School, a steel band plays outside the school while people watch and dance along, and women and girls in matching outfits dance outside the school.

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