Rare WWI film in Plaza screening
RARELY seen footage of the First World War from the North West Film Archives has been released to commem- orate the centenary of The Great War.
Narrated by actress Maxine Peake, the compelling footage shows life at home in the north west, telling the stories of those who were left behind and how their lives changed during the four years of fighting.
The film, Life On the Home Front, will be first shown at a special screening, and available on DVD immediately after.
Among the footage is The Cheshire Territorial Regiment marching into Stockport train station on their way to their annual camp in 1913.
Unlike most scenes of World War One, the film contains no combat footage. It shows industrial toil in the years leading up to the war and key events during the hostilities.
Most poignantly the film shows footage of the recruitment and departure of soldiers going to the front as well as memorials for those who did not return.
Marion Hewitt, director of the North West Film Archive, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to save so much of this rare and unique footage for the region.
“Releasing it on DVD at the beginning of the period of First World War commemorations means that it will be available early for schools to include in classroom activities, and for individuals, to appreciate the enormity of the sacrifices made by so many.”
Scenes in the archive footage include exercising and training in trenches near Bury, the inspection of troops in Bolton and battalions marching to the Lancashire railway station to board trains to the Western Front.
Regiments featured include the ill-fated Accrington Pals, practically wiped out in the Battle of the Somme, and the Lancashire Fusiliers, who won six Victoria Crosses in a day.
Scenes from Altrincham War Hospital Supply Depot showing the wounded being tended for are also included as well as the depiction of women’s changing roles throughout the conflict.
The screening will be on October 2 at The Plaza. Tickets are available from the box office.
The DVD can be purchased on the night, as well as from IWM North, Archives+ in Manchester Central Library and other shops and heritage outlets.
See a video on our website at stockporttimes.co.uk
Tickets for the screening at The Plaza on October 2 are £5. Contact the box office on 0161 477 7779 or email boxoffice@ stockportplaza.co.uk.
The Cheshire Territorial Regiment marching into Stockport train station on their way to their annual camp in 1913