On Saturday 1st June at 11.30 am in St Michael’s Tower Gloucester Civic Trust will be screening some rare film footage.

Two films will be shown each lasting about 20 minutes. One film is taken in 1948 and the other film in 1949. Both films are of the Annual Longford Carnival and Show. Back then Longford had its own festival and Carnival Queen and the event included a whole host of events.

In particular caught on film is rare footage of local boxer Hal Bagwell a Lightweight boxer, born and bred in Gloucester who for 10 years remained undefeated. We think that’s still a record even today.

There’s also film footage of a fascinating motor cycle football match of Gloucester v Cheltenham; dog shows and dog exhibitions of dogs jumping over hoops and hurdles; stalls, fancy dress and much  more.

The film was given to Mr and Mrs Thornell by Arthur Price. Mrs Thornell says the films were made by Dr Lewis who at that time was an eminent plastic surgeon at Gloucester Royal Infirmary. The Civic Trust is trying to find out more information on Dr Lewis. So if any one has more information we shall be pleased to hear from you.

The films have a commentary and include the names of many of the people in the film. It may be that some of these people are still living today and living locally and may find the film a must to see.

This is a rare chance to view the film and it may never be on show to the public again.

Seating is limited and we advise it’s best to arrive early to get a seat.

This film was due to be screened last year but due to the extensive research and editing it wasn’t ready in time to be shown. But it’s ready now!

There will be a small entrance fee of £1 per person which will include refreshments.

All proceeds made on the day will go towards the continuing conservation of St Michael’s Tower. There will be one screening only of both films from 11.30 a.m.