Paul Burbidge recently sent the News film recorded by his aunt, Hilda Burbidge (pictured, on Horsefair), a beekeeper who lived in The Apiary on Diston’s Lane.
Hilda, who died in 1977, filmed the town in 1965, and it is a real treat. Highlights include carnival processions in Market Street and by the Blue Boar and various shots of locations in Chippy that are still recognizable today.
But other parts of the film show how much the town has changed. It records the last day of the New Street Infants’ School, and the controversial demolition of the north side of New Street in order to widen the road.
Thanks are due to Paul for giving us permission to share the film with you – and we’d love to know what you think of it!