Images of Worcestershire

Running Time: 48 Mins

Format: 1 Disc, DVD       

Ratio: 4:3


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An edited version of a compilation screened at Worcester's The Swan Theatre on 14th August 2013 that was shown to a packed house. The screening was called Worcestershire on Film. As MACE already has a DVD release of this name we have re-named this compilation ‘Images of Worcestershire’.

Among the topics in the compilation are a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this paper’s sister title, the Berrows Worcester Journal, the world’s oldest newspaper; a poignant piece about the closure of the village school at Spetchley and pre-war home movies, including Shelsley Walsh hill climb in 1929 and the 1937 Coronation in Belbroughton.

It also includes newly digitised material shot by Worcester film-maker John Beer, including VJ Day being celebrated in the city and Worcester grinding to a halt during the record-breaking snowfall of 1947.

In the compilation you will see titles from ATV's regional news as follows:

ATV Today: 04.08.1975: Berrows Newspaper

ATV Today reporter Bev Smith reports on the modernisation of the newspaper production system by using computerised typeset, etc. includes an interview with Terry Izatt, regarding the speeded up system of converting a reporters copy into newspaper type via the computer system. 
ATV Today: 18.08.1972: Unemployed Worcester boy sets up own business

A 15 year old unemployed boy from Worcester sets up his own business as a mobile greengrocer using a horse and cart.

ATV Today: 16.07.1976: Village school in Spetchley, Worcestershire, closing

ATV Today reporter John Swallow at the closing day of St. Annes, a 136 year old traditional village school in Spetchley, Worcestershire. Interview with the only teacher, Vincent Joy, regarding education in a small way and methods of teaching only seven children. Pupils of varying ages are asked why they don't want to go to another school.

ATV Today: 15.12.1964: Floods at Bewdley

ATV Today reporter David Lloyd reports from Beales corner on the Kidderminster Road at Bewdley. He says that the river Severn is thirteen and a half feet over normal level and rising.

Midlands News: 01.09.1956: Stourport Carnival

A carnival held at Stourport-on-Severn which was attended by the boxer Freddie Mills. We see the carnival queen at Stourport-on-Severn. British boxer Freddie Mills is in the crowd (holding up a sign with his name on). Mills then crowns the carnival queen and is later seen on a boat cruising along the River Severn.

ATV Today: 10.05.1971: Ferry across the River Severn

ATV Today reporter Sue Jay piece to camera about the ferry at Upper Arley which has faced an uncertain future since plans were announced for a footbridge across the river. The Severn Valley Railway Society has now stepped in to buy the ferry. Sue Jay talks to ferryman Robert Evans.

ATV Today: 15.08.1974: Hill Climb Meeting at Shelsley Walsh

A motor racing hill climb meeting at Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire. The report includes views of cars driving fast up Shelsley Walsh hill climb. ATV Today reporter Bev Smith interviews Dick Harman regarding his many years of motor racing and some of the cars he has used. Interview with President of the Racing Club, John Cozens. Interview with Tony Griffiths who is taking part in the hillclimb, in a Brabham Formula One racing car. Commentary by Tony Griffiths on the hillclimb circuit.

ATV Today: 07.09.1978: Pig in the Pub

ATV Today reporter Peter Green accompanies Alan Evans and his pet pig, 'Spotty', to the local pub at Colwall near Malvern, where the 7 month old pig drinks whatever it can.

Important Note: This title does not have optional Subtitles. This DVD is made to order. A file is burnt to disc in our technical suite when it is purchased. Waiting time for the DVD can therefore be up to 2 weeks. This compilation has been shown on Vimeo as part of MACE's New Way of Seeing project.