Some more wonderful old British Pathe newsreel footage has appeared on the interweb and I feel that it's my duty to share some of these gems with you! Right up until the mid-1960s, British Pathe presented regular short films and features on a wide range of subjects, promoting businesses, the best of British events and updating cinema-goers on the latest news from both near and far.
A good many of these brilliant shorts featured some very familiar faces from the world of British comedy and in particular, the Carry On films. I have tracked down a fair few and plan to share them in a series of blogs. They present a fantastic glimpse back into possibly simpler times, to a Britain that probably no longer exists and gives a precious, fleeting glance at some of our comedy heroes still on duty but away from the familiarity of Pinewood.
Today we're going all the way back to Christmas 1963. Apologies for posting Christmas-themed videos in Summer time but I just can't resist them! This gloriously colourful festive film sees Christmas preparations getting under way in London's East End. And there's a fair few comedy heroes involved! In the film below you can spot the likes of Sid James, Barbara Windsor, Frankie Howerd and Davy Kaye. Also look out for Angela Douglas' future husband Kenneth More.