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Lloyd George: farming, officiating and breakfasting

16mm, 1936, 13 minutes, Colour, Silent, Amateur film, A J Sylvester

The opening shots on this reel – showing Lloyd George in an orchard at his farm Bron-y-de in Churt, Surrey, must surely be some of the most attractive available of the aged politician, his white hair and grey suit blending beautifully with the pink blossom. He is filmed by his private secretary, A J Sylvester, who accompanies him to the centenary celebrations in Bromley Park of the Mold-born author Daniel Owen, regarded as the first Welsh-language novelist, and to Caernarfon Castle where Lloyd George is seen discussing the preparations with, possibly, Henry Morris-Jones (Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Secretary of the Reception Committee co-ordinating the royal visit of the newly-crowned King), with whom Lloyd George disagreed over the choice of music.

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