DVD boost for Wilson films

The Town from the Sand - Lytham St Annes civic society - History of St Annes available on dvd
The Town from the Sand - Lytham St Annes civic society - History of St Annes available on dvd

Hopes of more archive local footage by film-maker Peter Wilson being made available on DVD have been given a cash boost.

St Annes Town Council has approved a £500 grant which will be put towards the transfer of more work by Wilson from celluloid to disc.

Wilson, who died in 2008, was the man behind The Town From the Sand, the film made in the 70s to celebrate the centenary of St Annes and so far that has been his only work by the director to be available on DVD.

It was put onto disc in 2005 to mark the establishment of St Annes Town Council and continues to sell well.

But a wealth of other Wilson work containing local scenes from decades gone by is on film and a selection was shown to an enthusiastic audience at the British Legion Club at the weekend.

Coun Tony Ford said “I am pleased the Town Council has had the foresight to protect and preserve this element of the town’s heritage.“

Arnold Sumner, who
has been looking after the archive films since Wilson’s death, said: “It’s wonderful news.”