Rare WWI film in Plaza screen­ing

Stockport Times West - - NEWS -

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

Max­ine Peake

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