Step back in time with fascinating old images of Braemar in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Ian Jolly’s family recorded this little gem sometime around 1953. It has surprisingly good quality images, and in colour too.
Several residential and business locations, and a wide range of local residents appear, many of them just going around their daily lives.
There are hardly any cars, although you can buy petrol in the village. Everyone cheerfully smiles at the camera.
It’s a really lovely short film of a 1950s Scottish community.
Village Life in Braemar – ian jolly on YouTube
Braemar Gathering (1910-1915) – British Pathé on YouTube
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles clearly enjoyed their afternoon at the 1957 games, despite the damp weather.
Braemar – Highland Gathering (1957) – British Pathé on YouTube
The population of the village was just over 500 people when this 1968 newsreel of the games was recorded.
Braemar Games Aka Braemar Gathering (1968) – British Pathé on YouTube
These are offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, and rushes for newsreel which were never used. The Royal Family attend the Highland Games.
Selected Originals – Braemar Games Aka Braemar Gathering (1968) – British Pathé on YouTube
Selected offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, and rushes for the 1969 newsreel about the games.
Selected Originals – Highland Games (1969) – British Pathé on YouTube
Selected offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, and rushes which ultimately weren’t used for 1970s newsfilm.
Royal Family At Braemar (1970-1979) – British Pathé on YouTube
The next video, showing the day from the beginning to the end, lasts almost an hour, but shows the astonishing power of the annual games to draw in people from around the world.
The Braemar Gathering 1998 – John Macpherson on YouTube