A step into Wyre’s history

The North West Film Archive will feature special clips from the past 100 years of towns and villages across Wyre
The North West Film Archive will feature special clips from the past 100 years of towns and villages across Wyre
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Cinema lovers are to take a step back in time after it was revealed archive footage showcasing the region’s past will appear on the big screen.

Next month The North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University will feature special clips from the past 100 years of towns and villages across Wyre.

The North West Film Archive will feature special clips from the past 100 years of towns and villages across Wyre

The North West Film Archive will feature special clips from the past 100 years of towns and villages across Wyre

Wyre On Film will look at recordings of Royal visits, gala days and coronation events.

The show will be screened at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood and be presented by the film archive’s collections assistant Geoff Senior.

He said: “We do 10 of these film screenings a year, where we go to a town and show up to two hours of footage.

“This time we are in Fleetwood and it is actually the third time we have visited. The films are always well received.

The films are always well received

“The Marine Hall holds around 500 people and we have filled it twice before.

“We will show between 10 to 12 films, starting in the early 1920s through to the 1950s and later.

“Some of the films include a look at Fleetwood’s past when it was known as a holiday resort.”

The specially selected compilation of films includes footage of the Marine Hall, which includes a Royal visit by George VI in 1938, and the town’s War Weapons Week fund-raising campaign of 1941 is seen in colour.

Archive film footage of Fleetwood

Archive film footage of Fleetwood

Local celebrations are seen in Garstang’s Fancy Dress Parade of 1928 and Gala Day at Poulton of 1952, while Fleetwood’s fishing industry is represented in a stunning student film called Netting The Tide.

The Fylde coast is shown in three colour films, Fleetwood in Coronation Year and Lancashire Coast from the 1950s, and in the film from which the night takes its theme – Fleetwood – the resort with an infinite variety of pleasures, made in the early post war years.

The Archive’s service manager Marion Hewitt added: “This is a great opportunity for the people of the Fleetwood and Wyre area to enjoy an evening with a difference, and take a look back at life in and around their location in the past century.”

The showings start at 7.30pm on October 20.

Tickets cost £6 and can be bought from the Marine Hall Box Office on 01253 887693, or online at www.wyretheatres.co.uk. For more information contact Mr Senior on 0161 247 3097.