Explore Local History at Prescot Festival

By on Monday, June 17, 2013

prescot_filmThe Ninth Annual Prescot Festival has lots to satisfy local history buffs.

A rare screening of vintage footage of Prescot takes place on Saturday 29 June. The one-hour event will include material from Prescot Museum and Prescot Film Archive Society.

Cine film of the town centre (pictured) and other local spots in the 1970s will be shown publicly for the first time, courtesy of Chris Graham and his family.

Prescot on Film starts at 11.30am at Prescot Methodist Centre, Atherton Street. Entry is free, but space is limited, so arrive early to ensure a seat. The Methodist Coffee Bar is open from 9.30am.

But there’s more to celebrate Prescot’s heritage in the 10-day arts and music festival. Prescot Museum & Library will display prints of vintage postcards from the collection of Alec Wallace. There’ll also be a chance to look at the Prescot Festival archives. Library opening hours are on the Knowsley Council website.

Finally, Prescot Parish Church, a venue for several concerts during the festival, will host an exhibition of “Then & Now” pictures of Prescot locations. Parish Church historian Betty Brown has assembled the display with key facts about each locale.

Former church choirmaster Bryan Jones’s photo display will jog a few memories by taking us back to the Parish Church Choir in the 1950s.

As usual, local schools will showcase their creative talent with art displays dotted around the interior of the 17th-century church.

All displays are available to view before, during and after parish concerts (22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 June).

See www.prescotfestival.co.uk for full programme information. Highlights include Songs from the Shows, Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and the traditional Proms-style Festival Finale.

3 Comments

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  2. John Hayes

    Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Any chance of the “Then and Now” Pictures of Prescot and the Church Choir photos being online. It’s a long way to Prescot from Devon!!

    • admin

      Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Good suggestion, John. I’ll see if I can arrange something once the festival’s over.

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