WHAT on earth is going on here, in this clip from a fragment of early cinematograph film?

You may well ask!

A strange contraption lies in a suburban street, while a spontaneous group of neighbours looks on in amusement.

This could possibly be a scene from a homely film produced by entrepreneur Fred Simpson.

He opened the Oxford Hall Picture House in Oakworth Road in 1911 – after his two furniture and drapery emporiums had been mysteriously destroyed by fire.

He made films in the Oakworth Road and Lund Park area, using local residents.

The late Ian Dewhirst once commented that his father had remembered the films, describing them as “folk running round the back streets with dustbin lids”!