Latest DVD of vintage Wilson films released

John Bentham (left) and Arnold Sumner with the new DVD of films of Lytham St Annes by the late Peter Wilson
John Bentham (left) and Arnold Sumner with the new DVD of films of Lytham St Annes by the late Peter Wilson
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More than three hours of vintage footage of St Annes and Lytham by renowned film-maker Peter Wilson is now available on DVD.

Demand has already been brisk for copies of the disc entitled Three Decades of Lytham St Annes and the team behind it expect interest from all over the world.

As well as a series of short films by Wilson, who died in 2008, the DVD contains vintage news reports from the BBC and Granada TV. A big screen preview of some of the items on the disc was held at St Annes’ Royal British Legion Club earlier this year.

Wilson was the man behind the documentary The Town From the Sand, which was made in the 1970s to mark the cententary of St Annes and continues to sell well after being converted to DVD in 2005 in conjunction with Lytham St Annes Civic Society.

A grant of £500 from St Annes Town Council helped cover the cost of producing the new DVD and Arnold Sumner, who has looked after Wilson’s films since the film-maker’s death, is delighted with the finished product.

“It is full of fascinating footage and I am sure the DVDs will be eagerly snapped up,” he said.

John Bentham, who has decades of experience in film work, played a key role in getting the often fragile films converted to digital use and said: “Some of the original films were showing their age and it was important to get them onto DVD as soon as possible. As with The Town From The Sand, there will be worldwide interest.”

The DVD, price £9.99, is available at Book Bargains on St Andrew’s Road South, St Annes or online from www.screenedge.com.