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“Interesting film showing Hornchurch back in the day. Hornchurch is now one of the largest towns in east London.”
ajay  wrote about Cherry Lane School:
“i go to this school im now in year 6 and its nice to look back at my school 60 years agontruthfully i do indeed go to this school”
Chris Brown  wrote about Newman's Butterfly Farm:
“I remember visiting Hugh Newman's house with my father I think around 1963, near Bexley Kent. We walk from the station to his house which was easily identified by the muslin sleaves attached to tree branches in his front garden which I had seen in his books too. He welcomed us in and he spent a generous amount of his time showing us his live specemins of butterflies and moths at all stages, sizes and species all over the house and outside inside the muslin sleaves. We bought some chrysalises of some of the rarer British hawkmoths we gad not been able to find where we lived and with the advice he gave us were able to hatch them out and rear the progeny”
Alan Blunden.  wrote about Beauty in the Borough:
“Such memories. Born in Rathcoole Avenue in 1936; moved to Canon Road (no longer there) in 1937.The opening shot of the clock tower reminded me that I, and later my two younger brothers, did a paper round starting from Jim Saxon's newsstand opposite. Happy days.”
“Fascinating stuff.
I worked at Oak Lane service station in the late 1960s, and remember going to see the odd film at the Gaumont which was on the site where the garage was built. I am afraid we called it the Flea Pit.
Next to the service station is now the Eel Pie Island Museum which features as the theatre at the very start of the film clip, although its façade has changed rather. When serving petrol at Oak Lane I remember it was a casino and the doorman was a mixed-race chap with slurred speech. He was Larry Gaines, a former boxing champion.”
Bill Griffiths  wrote about St Mary's Bay:
“I was there with a year 6 party from Lammas School Ealing in 1950. There was also a party there from Lionel Road School Brentford. I remember we had to bring our sweet coupons with us as they were still rationed after the war. Remember also visiting a farm on the coach journey to the camp and a visit to Canterbury Cathedral. The journey on the RH&D Railway was a highlight.
Ken  wrote about Beauty in the Borough:
“Ah, nostalgia!
Born 1945. Lived in Linzee Road, went to Campsbourne nursery/infant/junior school then on to Stationers. Belonged to the Army Cadets in the Drill Hall. Remember Priory Park, especially when the occasional funfair visited. Swimming Pool was a great place, inc its cafe.

Seeing the youngsters scampering around reminds me of what freedom we had to get bruised, grazed, nettle-stung or whatever without adults fussing over us.

Saturday morning pictures at the Ritz or the Odeon was enjoyable and in teens for evening films. There was also a glimpse of the entrance porch to The Atheneum dance hall and of our lads' local, The Bird in Hand.”

Dave Buckley  wrote about Traction Engine Rally:
“I worked on this film when a member of what was then known as Pinner Cine Society.
I owned a portable reel-to-reel tape machine (as used by BBC reporters at the time - the film was made in 1965) and went to a traction engine rally at Woburn to record sound effects for the film. The sound track was originally on ¼ inch tape, but has probably been lost.
As it happens I still have the sound effects I recorded all those years ago, and I am still in touch with a member of the group who a few years ago sent me a digital copy of the film to which I added a new sound track from the original effects tape and sent the end result back to the group (which is now known as Harrow film makers).”
Pauline Davis  wrote about Queen Mum:
“During the film when the Queen Mother leaves the civic centre, she comes over to greet me - young mother with a crying baby. my daughter - Cheryl Davis was the youngest person she met (although she cried and was too young to remember it) we have no photograph of the event, so finding this clip is truly wonderful.
Thank you ”
Dave Buckley (HCS 1953-1961)  wrote about Harrow County School (?):
“The photos appear to be taken from a film abut a Combined Cadet Force field day, probably late 1950s. Definitely Harrow County School as the flats in the back of two of the shots are on the corner of Gayton Road and Kenton Road. The films was probably shot by the late Major Hush Skillen, who was a Modern Languages master at the school, until his retirement in 1975.

Between about 1958 and 1969, Hugh produced three hours of film material covering many school events and functions. These films (they were made into eight titles) 'disappeared' after Hugh retired, but in 2006 all the material was handed to the then Old Gaytonian's Association Archivist. I arranged with an ex-colleague who lived in Ruislip to use a viewing maching he owned and one Sunday morning we went along and ran the films. Considering that they hadn't seen the light of day for over thirty years, the picture and sound quality had held up very well. The films were later copied to a digital format and sent to me for checking and 'tidying up'. Afterwards, DVDs were made for sale by the now (defunct) OGA.”

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