THIS year saw the country join in the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
And film lovers can see footage of the fun in Kirkheaton, along with rare scenes of jubilee celebrations in 1935, when the village came out to celebrate the silver jubilee of George V.
The footage features in the forthcoming Huddersfield Film Makers Club Festival of Film which runs at Huddersfield Town Hall from November 19-22.
Joan Spencer, who has been the club secretary for 40 years, said: “One of the items covered in our Magazine film was the Kirkheaton Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
“At that event the Mayor, in his speech, mentioned that Kirkheaton had celebrated several jubilee events in the past.
“What the Mayor didn’t know was that one of our founder members, Maurice Broadbent, had filmed the Kirkheaton Silver Jubilee event of King George V in 1935.
“A section of this film is being shown after the modern Kirkheaton item and it is interesting to see the differences and similarities in the two occasions.”
Club members worked on the Magazine which features footage of major events this year – from Huddersfield Town’s Championship celebrations to the re-enactments of the Luddite uprising.
Chairman Anthony Elliott said: “This year’s film show will take you through restorations of bandstands and locomotives to castles, hidden ruins and artworks in the making, by way of a few comical mishaps.”
As the Huddersfield Film Makers Club marks its 80th year, Anne and Gordon Sharp captured 80°N in the High Arctic, a photographic expedition around the Svalbard Islands which won the couple the club’s Film of the Year award.
The films featured at the festival will include Maria and Peter Weeks’ Beaumaris Castle, which received a Very Highly Commended certificate in the club’s annual competition.
Chris Mellor’s Welsh Highland Restored, which won the club’s Travel Award, features along with Maureen and Roger Parnell’s Grand Canyon.
Other short films of local interest include Trevor Spencer and Jim Kenworthy’s The Skills Are Alive, which is a documentary of Beaumont Park’s bandstand restoration.
There are also away days with Joan and Trevor Spencer’s Around Tarn Hows, filmed near Grange Over Sands, Anne and Gordon Sharp’s Quantum Leap which shows salmon leaping on the River Ribble at Stainforth Force near Settle, and Stewart Gledhill and Gordon Sharp’s Stainmore 150, a film looking at the first passenger train to leave Kirkby Stephens East.
Comedy films include Oops! by Michael Walkley, Brew-hoo by Anthony Elliott, which shows how the mundane task of making a cup of tea can go wrong, and Bob Lorrimer’s The Steps, which shows a pensioner’s endeavours to tackle steps after his weekly shop.
See the Festival of Film nightly from November 19-22 at 7.15pm, with matinees on November 21 and 22 at 2pm. Tickets are £4.50 from Kirklees Information Centre, 01484 223200 or www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls