HISTORIC footage, shot by one of Holme Valley’s best loved film-makers, is featured in a new film.

Kathleen Lockwood was well known for filming daily life in the valley between 1939 and 1994.

Now her films and interviews with those who knew the late film-maker have been spliced together into documentary Miss Lockwood – The Lady Behind the Lens.

Longley Farm’s Jimmy Dickinson remembers Miss Lockwood as the lady who showed her films at Choppards Sunday School, which he attended as a child.

Curious to find out more about Miss Lockwood, in the film Jimmy talks to family, friends and film experts to reveal something more about ‘The Lady Behind the Lens’.

The film, commissioned by Longley Farm Dairies, has been made by Holmfirth-based film producers Chris Squire and Andrew Wicks.

Mr Wicks said: “She was a remarkable woman. Most people who owned cine equipment in those days would be content filming holidays and family events, but Miss Lockwood was out and about, capturing life on the streets and the events going on around her.

“All these years later, she has left us with a marvellous, moving record of the people and places of the Holme Valley.”

Miss Lockwood, a teacher, began making films of Holme Valley children during the Second World War.

Some of her footage was used by the Imperial War Museum, London, and Yorkshire Television.

Miss Lockwood, who lived at Stoney Bank Road, Thongsbridge, captured the 1944 Holmfirth flood and the severe winters of the early 1940s.

Golcar-born Miss Lockwoodfounded the Holmfirth Camera Club in 1940.

She died, aged 89, in 1997.

The film, which debuted at the Holmfirth Film Festival in May, is now available on DVD from Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre or from the Festival website: www.holmfirthfilmfestival.co.uk.

It includes the documentary and fresh prints of two of Miss Lockwood’s original films.