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TITLE
The Kirking of the Council, Inverness, 1955
EXTERNAL ID
SSA_NAIRN_KIRKING_OF_COUNCIL_1955
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
1955
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
Jimmy Nairn
SOURCE
Scottish Screen Archive
ASSET ID
2933
KEYWORDS
videos
films
James Nairn
James S. Nairn
ceremonies

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This short film extract is from 'Incidents in the Life of a Provost' a silent colour film made in 1955-56 by Jimmy Nairn and Robert Wotherspoon. The full version is approx. 48 mins long and contains footage of the Kirkin' of the Council, the Armistice Service of 1955, the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden and the opening of Bellfield Park paddling pool.

Footage supplied by Scottish Screen Archive at National Library of Scotland © NLS.

Jimmy Nairn (1900-1982) is perhaps best remembered in Inverness as manager of the Playhouse cinema from 1941 to 1972. He began his working life in 1915 as a part-time projectionist at a cinema in Pollokshields, Glasgow. His first managerial appointment was to the Savoy Cinema, Edinburgh in 1925, followed by the Regal, Stirling in 1934 and the Playhouse, Inverness in 1941 where he remained until his retirement in 1972.

Cinematography was also his hobby and, in 1931, he claimed to be the first amateur filmmaker to produce a 'talkie' (a film with spoken dialogue). A decade later he was commissioned to make a film of George VI and the Duchess of York at Balmoral Castle. He also advised Disney on a film about the Loch Ness Monster.

In addition to producing over 40 films on local topics, many of which were used by the Scottish Tourist Board and the Caledonian Society, he had a photography business and took many thousands of photographs in and around the Inverness area, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. His collection of negatives, glass plates and prints is in the care of the Highland Photographic Archive.

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The Kirking of the Council, Inverness, 1955

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1950s

videos; films; James Nairn; James S. Nairn; ceremonies;

Scottish Screen Archive

Jimmy Nairn Films

This short film extract is from 'Incidents in the Life of a Provost' a silent colour film made in 1955-56 by Jimmy Nairn and Robert Wotherspoon. The full version is approx. 48 mins long and contains footage of the Kirkin' of the Council, the Armistice Service of 1955, the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden and the opening of Bellfield Park paddling pool.<br /> <br /> Footage supplied by Scottish Screen Archive at National Library of Scotland © NLS.<br /> <br /> Jimmy Nairn (1900-1982) is perhaps best remembered in Inverness as manager of the Playhouse cinema from 1941 to 1972. He began his working life in 1915 as a part-time projectionist at a cinema in Pollokshields, Glasgow. His first managerial appointment was to the Savoy Cinema, Edinburgh in 1925, followed by the Regal, Stirling in 1934 and the Playhouse, Inverness in 1941 where he remained until his retirement in 1972.<br /> <br /> Cinematography was also his hobby and, in 1931, he claimed to be the first amateur filmmaker to produce a 'talkie' (a film with spoken dialogue). A decade later he was commissioned to make a film of George VI and the Duchess of York at Balmoral Castle. He also advised Disney on a film about the Loch Ness Monster. <br /> <br /> In addition to producing over 40 films on local topics, many of which were used by the Scottish Tourist Board and the Caledonian Society, he had a photography business and took many thousands of photographs in and around the Inverness area, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. His collection of negatives, glass plates and prints is in the care of the Highland Photographic Archive.