Footage shows his­toric crown­ing

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

AMAZ­ING footage of Bri­tain’s Silk Queen be­ing crowned in Mac­cles­field in the 1930s has emerged.

The beau­ti­fully pre­served film of the coro­na­tion in 1933 fea­tures on the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute’s web­site.

The six-minute of footage shot by a news­reel com­pany has no voiceover, leav­ing just the en­chant­ing mut­ter­ings of the crowd.

In the short film the Silk Queen is crowned then makes a speech. The Mayor speaks, then a pro­ces­sion, in­clud­ing the Silk Queen on a horse­drawn float, moves down the street.

Mac­cles­field was the cen­tre of the silk weav­ing in­dus­try in Bri­tain for many years, renowned for the skill of its de­sign­ers and for its richly pat­terned wo­ven fab­rics.

The Silk Queen in­volved the an­nual coro­na­tion of a lo­cal mill worker.

It was an an­nual tra­di­tion in­tro­duced as a way of pro­mot­ing the in­dus­try much like the way Lan­cashire cel­e­brated its Cot­ton Queen.

It is be­lieved the tra­di­tion died out dur­ing the Sec­ond World War but was res­ur­rected briefly in the 1970s and 2000s.

Do you know any­one fea­tured in this film? Email stu­art.greer@men­media. co.uk

●● The film from 1933 shows the Silk Queen be­ing crowned

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