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In the Past Series

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Weymouth and Portland in the Past

Weymouth and Portland in the Past


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Many of the films in this programme are from the South West Film and Television archive which is a treasure chest of film based around the independent television film collection which broadcast from the South West from the early 1960s. Other films are from film-makers who captured historic moments from Weymouth & Portland’s past.

For the first time, archive films of the area have been brought together to show past scenes in the harbour at Weymouth when the Channel Islands ferry and freight traffic was so important to the town. We see life on the promenade and the beach which has been part of local life for centuries. See Punch & Judy in the 1960s; last of the paddle steamers in 1967; unloading goods from Channel Islands boats; the demolition of the pier bandstand; the effects of storm damage along the Preston beach road; last days of brewing in Hope Square; sailing at Weymouth Week in 1979 prior to the 1980 Olympics; film star Kirk Douglas on location. Footage of the old Quay tramway and the very last train to Portland are included.

Two very detailed documentary films about Portland by Westward Television dating from the late 1970s give a very complete account of this fascinating Island. Look out as we see these rare films as you might just see yourself, a friend or a member of your family.

Altogether a feast of archive films.


Published by: Kingfisher Productions
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD

Running Time: 105-mins (1hr 45min)

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Wimbourne in the Past

Wimbourne in the Past


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More than at any time in our past, our towns and cities are undergoing great change. Fortunately, in the case of Wimborne, the important events such as preparations for war and the VE day celebrations and everyday life in the town was captured by film-makers. We will see fascinating films at the start of the second world war when engineers were in the area training for any eventuality. Many scenes with soldiers in the streets of Wimborne.

Other films, presented by local historian John Loader, show Reg Rodway’s films in and around Wimborne. He was a local garage owner and very much part of the community. Colour films by Reg Day show market day in the spring of 1945. The war was nearly over and local farmers gather at the livestock market. As the narrative suggests, the war is still on but the country needs to be fed.

Altogether a feast of archive film.


Published by: Kingfisher Productions
Screen aspect ratio: 4:3
Number of discs: 1 DVD

Running Time: 75-mins (1hr 15min)

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