Between the start of the Park’s regeneration in November 2011, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012, David Myers, local filmmaker and ex Crompton Parkinson employee, filmed the revival of the Park and its place in the social life of the area. This was the sequel, to his tear jerker production which showed the demise of the factory in 2005.
In driving rain, or dazzling shine, brass-monkey cold or the occasional spot of golden light, wind and noisy airplanes, David was out shooting frames of the changes that were being made. The result is an hour length film, recording many local people, helpers and events in the Park. It features the felling of the great sycamore, and a dawn chorus in May; the careful craftwork of the Peter the hedge layer, and the splendid sword of the Queen’s representative; together with dog walkers, ‘bob a job’ scouts, and local folk in a tug of war.
The result ‘ Parkinson’s Park – A New Chapter’, will be premiered, on the 23rd April (St George’s Day), between 8 and 9pm, after the formal AGM agenda and a cup of tea. The location, (which unfortunately does not have a red carpet, but you will see arriving a number of the ‘stars’ in less formal dress than is normal at premiers) is the Fellowship Room, Methodist Church, Oxford Road, Guiseley.
David is intending to eventually deposit copies of the film in the Yorkshire Film Archive as part of the All Our Stories project – (although his film was not funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) – as it is an important part of local history. If anyone would like a personal copy, David can supply them at £11.50 including postage and packing. On the night of the first public showing on the 23rd April all orders taken will be at the special price of £6.50 including p&p.
As space in the Fellowship Room is limited, please could you email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are coming.