The Rag Archives

I had a nice email in this morning from someone who’s looking into how Rags – University Charity Appeals – have worked together in the past, cos of my work with Martin Smallridge on UKRag.net.

I was rootling through some related stuff and found this absolute gem – it’s footage of the Rag Parade in Glasgow (back then known as Ygorra… as in “Ygorra give us some cash”… yes, really) from 1924. It’s good to know that nearly a hundred years before I was pratting about in a daft costume trying to raise money for charity, they were doing the same.

Unfortunately Pathe don’t let you embed their videos (BOO! What’s up with THAT, British Pathe?) so I’ll have to link to them, but here’s some great archive footage of news reports of the old days of Rag.

SCOTTISH STUDENTS – RAGS – COMPILATION

And here’s some from 1932:

A CITY HELD UP (aka GLASGOW STUDENTS’ RAG)

Which was the same year Middlesex Rag actually kidnapped Santa Claus:

"A CHRISTMASSY SMASH & GRAB" (aka SMASH AND GRAB)

There are over a hundred old Rag films at The British Pathe film archive. Check them out!

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