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28/12/1951

To the strains of a jaunty, cheerful soundtrack, this news item takes a light-hearted look at how people around London are spending the Christmas period. From a fancy dress cycling rally at Brookmans Park, to a dip in the ponds at Hampstead Heath (heated with water from a kettle) and from Speaker's Corner to St Paul's Cathedral, everyone seems to be having a very jolly time indeed. (1951)This item has incomplete sound.

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15 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Dec 1951 10:15
BBC Television Service

Did You Know

The term 'Boxing Day' comes from the opening of a box from which gifts were distributed to the poor on the day after Christmas. There were traditionally several kinds of Christmas box: those containing leftovers put aside by the landed gentry for their tenants, alms boxes in churches and a collection box kept on ships by sailors on long sea journeys. If they returned safely, the box's contents would be distributed to the poor after Christmas.

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