Tuesday, 18 October 2011

DVD - village life in the Fifties (Bassingham)

A DVD about a village in the 1950s will be launched today.
Bygone Bassingham goes back to 1958 when local ciné enthusiasts Mr Jim Donnelly and Mr Ken Franklin decided to film life in Bassingham through the year.

Their work produced four reels of film involving more than an hour of viewing showing aspects of village life including traders, schoolchildren, farmers, sports clubs, Bank Holiday activities and a keen dahlia grower.

They also went to Norton Disney where they were invited to a house-warming party and to Thurlby for a fete attended by Mr Joe Godber MP.

Lincoln-based media production company Blow by Blow Productions has upgraded the footage and added words and a soundtrack.

The project was helped with a grant from the Bassingham Heritage and Community Association.

Producer Mr Andrew Blow said material had been put in the correct order and technically improved. The voice-over tells viewers what is going on and identifies many people in the film.

“Eventually all four original reels were lost after the deaths of the original cameramen, but fortunately Bassingham Parish Council commissioned a transfer of three of the reels to VHS in the 1980s,” said Mr Blow.

There will be a formal public launch of the DVD at a Nostalgia Film Night organised by the local history group at Hammond Hall, Bassingham, at 8pm on October 18.

The DVD is available at Bassingham Post Office priced £14.95.
From: http://www.newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/DVD-shows-village-life-in-the-Fifties

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