In May, Live & Local’s cinema project Big Picture Show held a premiere screening of archive footage of historic Warwickshire. The film was specially commissioned from the Media Archive for Central England and was screened at the Court House in Warwick as part of the Warwick 1100th Anniversary celebrations.
The footage was a very entertaining insight into the county’s rich history and traditions, featuring everything from Alcester’s traditional ale-tasting to a 24 hour jiving marathon in Leamington Spa, and even a visit from Queen Elizabeth herself. The appreciative audience had a chance to see some of Warwickshire’s forgotten characters such as Fred Abel and his touring one-man circus show, and the Kineton railway signalman who stuck to his post even after the last train had run past his box!
We opened up the opportunity for audience members to share their own comments on the film and memories of Warwick town, and found some gems. See if you remember any of these as well:
This was the final event in the Big Picture Show: Warwick pilot, which has promoted one film a month since December and bought in over 300 visitors to the newly restored Court House in Warwick.