Hundreds watch Worthing film’s première

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ABOUT 300 people attended the première of a film about Worthing.

Two screenings of Old Worthing Village... Then and Now were shown at the Sidney Walter Centre, in Sussex Road.

The documentary was made by film-makers, Ann Feloy and Roberto Gomez-Martin and formed part of the Heritage Lottery-funded, Worthing Village Heritage Project.

Nearly 100 copies of the DVD were sold at the launch, and are now available for members of the public to purchase.

As well as the 72-minute documentary, the DVD also includes a bonus chapter in which historian and Worthing Village Heritage Project Manager, Chris Hare, leads the viewer on a guided walk of the old village area.

Copies are available from the Sidney Walter Centre, Worthing Library, and Worthing Museum, costing £5 each.

Chris said: “Both Ann and Rob have done a magnificent job in making this film.

“They had to edit down 27 hours of original footage which was shot over the two-year life of the project.

“They managed to include the real spirit of the project, showing the enthusiasm of all those involved.

“One of the key aspects of the film is that it includes a snapshot of life in the old village today, including royal wedding street parties and the contribution made by the local pubs to the life of the community.

“Anyone who loves Worthing will want to own this DVD.”

There will be another screening of the film at Christ Church, Grafton Road, on September 16 at 3pm, with donations to charity.