Maze Races

Maze Races

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Details

Location

Down Royal Racecourse

Year

1950s

Source

National Museums Northern Ireland

Format

16mm

colour

Length

03min 05sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

Rights are managed by National Museums Northern Ireland on behalf of Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

A typical day out at the races. All the excitement of race day at Down Royal Racecourse. Be it the action taking place on the track, or the finery on display amongst the race-goers, the stakes are high in a film which provides an evocative snapshot of a day out at the Maze Races in the mid-Fifties. Glamorously-dressed women study the form guide, bookmakers are seen to do brisk business and spectators crowd close to the track as horses thunder around the oval track.

This film was digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.
 

Notes

Rushes by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The couple seen presenting the trophy at the film's conclusion are Lord and Lady Wakehurst. John de Vere Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst  (5 February 1895 – 30 October 1970) was a British Colonial administrator and politician. He was Governor of Northern Ireland from 1952-64.   

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.

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