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VIDEO: Looking back at Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations over the years - 1930

THIS Pathé News footage documenting Shakespeare Birthday celebrations in the last century offers amazing insights into how we have celebrated ‘The Bard of Avon’ in Stratford-upon-Avon through the years. Over the next few days we'll be featuring more of these old news reels as the big day approaches.

From the early 1920 ‘silent movie’ style early footage, the inaugural Royal visit in 1950 - when King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, a young Princess Elizabeth visited the Birthplace - to 1964 footage of a moptop Beatles-type pop band paying homage in song, each era brings its own signature to the April events.

Pathé News was a producer of newsreels, cinemagazines, and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 in the UK. Its founder, Charles Pathé, was a pioneer of moving pictures in the silent era.

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