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PUBLISHED: 13:03 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 12 August 2010

ROLLING BACK THE YEARS: Swimming lessons at Beckenham baths in 1935. Right, a comptometer operator at the council offices.

ROLLING BACK THE YEARS: Swimming lessons at Beckenham baths in 1935. Right, a comptometer operator at the council offices.

FOOTAGE of Beckenham between the wars has been digitally transferred from old cine film onto DVD. Footprint Productions has produced Beckenham Remembered, a DVD of 1930s film of a town unrecognisable from that of today. The film is re-edited from a 16mm

FOOTAGE of Beckenham between the wars has been digitally transferred from old cine film onto DVD.

Footprint Productions has produced Beckenham Remembered, a DVD of 1930s film of a town unrecognisable from that of today.

The film is re-edited from a 16mm silent film, Greater Beckenham, made in 1935 by Beckenham Cine Society at the request of the town's Charter Celebrations Committee.

It shows the council offices, a milkman delivering to schools on horse and cart and children's swimming lessons at Beckenham baths.

The DVD includes a narrative based on the 1935 script which was read aloud when the original silent film was running, as well as juxtaposing images of modern Beckenham as it is today. This is the second film produced by the West Wickham-based filmmakers, coming two years after their debut, Orpington Remembered.

In 2007, the company obtained a grant to digitally transfer old cine film stored at Bromley Local Studies library.

Last month, Footprint Productions showed their films in the Mayor of London's free Story of London festival at Bromley's Central Library, Beckenham Library and Bromley Museum.

The DVD set, available to buy, is a double disc with a compilation of other short films, including the 1937 Beckenham Coronation Celebrations and the opening of the town hall in 1932. A separate DVD of other Beckenham films, made by John Mantle from 1930s Beckenham Cine Club footage, is available.

For details about Footprint Productions DVDs, email foot

printproduction@googlemail.

com or phone 020 8462 8335.

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