Riding the Roding
VHS Colour Sound 1998 33:23
Summary: A video celebrating the past, present and future of the River Roding through Barking.
Title number: 3397
LSA ID: LSA/4453
Description: Pupils from St Margaret's Church of England School, St Joseph's Roman Catholic School, Northbury School and Gascoigne Junior School narrate the history of the River Roding and its role in shaping Barking. The story is supported by comment from Pip Sanders Hewitt, descendant of Joseph Hewitt, the fishing magnate who began a fleet in Barking. Bill Blake of the Barking & Navigation Company fills out the story of the port of Barking. Martin Montgomery, Headmaster at St Margaret's Church of England School speaks in admiration of the men who sailed on the fishing smacks and talks about the educational opportunities afforded by study of the river. Ron and Joyce Petchey talk about their childhood in Barking and the old sluice gates on the Roding. Councillor Pat Manley of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham adds his thoughts on Barking's maritime history. Some customers of Tesco's superstore just beside the River Roding are asked where the river is, with many unable to place it, while others fill in more of its history. The manager of the Tesco's store, Doug Cochrane, talks about the difference the clean up of the river has achieved to improving the character of the area. Councillor George Brooker the leader of Barking & Dagenham Council talks about the future vision for a river walk at the opening of the Barking Barrage, with Councillor John Wainwright adding his support and his thanks to the engineering workers. The Barrage is shown in operation, opening and closing on the river. Judith Church MP speaks about how the Barrage reopens the river, with plans for a Barking Marina. Councillor Jean Bruce talks about her hopes that that developments on the river will bring new jobs. Peter Beadle of MISC Agencies UK speaks about how local business relates to the river and his thoughts on future development. Darren Blewitt a child who lives on The Whitings Estate talks about how the new pedestrian bridge over the river has opened up access to the area.
Credits: Director: Rohan Taylor; Crew: Steve Dray; Crew: Mark Lewis; Crew: Steve Johnson; Music: Steve Dray; Commissioned by: Roding Valley Partnership
Keywords: Schools; Local history
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Barking and Dagenham; Barking