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Report of the first Willingham Slideshow

This is where it all started. The very first Willingham Slideshow is reported in the Independent Press and Chronicle on January 24th 1958

The collection was just 170 photos compared to over 4000 today but, curiously, two of the photos that the newspaper used in the article in 1958 were also used by Anglia Television to cover the launch of the Web site in 2004 - quite by chance!

Thanks to "RP" for lending the clipping

 

 
TEXT: On three evenings last week 170 old photographs of Willingham and Willingham people were shown On lantern slides in the Church Hall. The experience was greatly enjoyed by a large number of Willingham folk. Even past residents returned to refresh their memories. The oldest male resident, Mr. C. Barton, saw a picture of his father, Mr. George Barton, who lived to be 101 years old. Mr. Michael Hopkins. who gave the commentary, said that the earliest photographs were taken by the late Mr. Harold Smith. of Ivy House, those taken at the turn of the century by the late Mr. Horace Thoday, and the modern photographs by Mr. Dennis Jeeps and the speaker. A vote of thanks was proposed to the organisers, Mrs. E. C. Few, Mr. Dennis Jeeps and Mr. Michael Hopkins.
Four of the pictures shown are reproduced here. They are: Top left, High Street in the 1880ís with John Aaron Thodayís shop and Robert Ingleís house, destroyed by fire in 1891; top right, Church Street at the time of the Coronation of Edward VII.; bottom left, Mr. John Normanís threshing engine and bottom right. the Green Pond.