New Looking Back At Bedford DVD launched
Bygone Bedford is brought to life in a great new DVD produced in association with the Times & Citizen.
With a fascinating collection of rare cine-film, a selection of old photos and the archives of the Bedfordshire Times, this DVD takes an informative and entertaining look back at the history of the town and the borough.
You can purchase your copy now!
Among the many local events captured on film include a fascinating selection from early last century including the Bedford Regatta of 1912, the gathering of the Oakley Hunt on St Peter’s Green in 1923, the visit of the Prince of Wales to Bedford School in 1933 and the bunting and celebrations for the coronation of George V in 1937.
There are many scenes of the town in the 50s and 60s that will bring memories flooding back for anyone who remembers the Bedford of old.
These occasions are brought to life with reports of the time read from the archives of the Bedfordshire Times.
The DVD also takes us back to the days when the River Great Ouse was a thriving trade route and the Bedford Times stagecoach thundered over Town Bridge.
It recalls the celebrations that marked the arrival of the railway and the formal opening of Mill Meadows Recreation Ground, and provides an intriguing snapshot of life in the early 20th Century.
It looks back at Bedford in the Second World War when the town provided a safe haven for evacuees, when the arrival of American forces livened up the local nightlife and the legendary band leader Glenn Miller played at the Corn Exchange.
Finally, it looks at the wide-scale changes that took place in the post war period including the efforts of the Italian community, arriving to work at the brickworks at Stewartby, to build a new life in Bedford.
It includes documentary footage from the time of Gino Fiores as he settled in the borough – visiting a local pub for the first time, and moving into his first home in Bedford.
The DVD also touches upon the controversial construction of the County Hall building in the late 1960s.
The DVD is narrated by award winning voice actor Howard Ellison, and the running time is 50 minutes.
There’s a special offer for Times & Citizen readers!
With every copy of the DVD Looking Back at Bedford you receive a further free DVD - The Way We Were in the 1950s.
Priced £15.50, it is available in person from the Bedfordshire Times & Citizen offices, 11-13 Mill Street, Bedford, during normal weekday opening hours.
To order online visit the website www.britainonfilm.co.uk
You can also call 01789 751735 to pay by credit/debit card, or buy by post by sending a cheque payable to Britain On Film to 259 Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3AL.
Please add £1.20 per copy for DVDs not collected in person.
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