Première of documentary about the history of Worthing

A DOCUMENTARY about the history of the oldest part of Worthing will be premièred on Sunday.

Old Worthing Village… Then and Now is the culmination of the two-year long Worthing Village Heritage Project, which received a £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The film shows local people exploring the history of the village – from smuggling days to bombs being dropped in the Second World War – at Worthing Library, Worthing Museum and the West Sussex Record Office and includes people remembering going to the Sidney Walter Centre when it was Sussex Road School.

It also gives a snapshot of life in the area today, in particular last year’s street parties for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Chris Hare, project manager, said the old village area is where present-day High Street is now and North Street and the northern part of Chapel Road are located.

He added: “We particularly wanted to record life in this part of Worthing today, as it will be of great interest to future generations of historians.”

This is the second documentary film-makers Ann Feloy and Roberto Gomez Martin have made together.

The film will be screened at 11am and 3pm on Sunday at the Sidney Walter Centre. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

Copies of the film, priced £5, will be on sale. Ann and Rob will give a short talk, along with Martin Hayes, from Worthing Library.