Cinema film emerges of Grantham’s Wyndham Park in the 1960s

Wyndham Park swimming pool was featured in this film from the 1960s.
Wyndham Park swimming pool was featured in this film from the 1960s.
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A vintage film about Wyndham Park which was shown in cinemas in the 1960s has come to light.

The black and white film has emerged as part of the district council’s campaign to gather film, photos and memories of the park. The film shows a woman swimming in the outdoor pool and workmen in the paddling pool.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund project has unearthed the promotional film that was screened in local cinemas.

It features one of SKDC’s predecessors, Grantham Borough Council, and the role of its then public health team and how they maintained the pools at the park. This included ensuring the water was clean and free from infection.

Referred to as ‘the corporation’ during the film, the narrator explains the role the council plays in using taxpayers’ rates, equivalent to today’s council tax, to maintain the areas for the public.

The film is now set to be among the artefacts used in a display in Wyndham Park’s future visitor centre, due to open next year.

Work takes place on the Wyndham Park paddling pool in this film made for cinemas in the 1960s.

Work takes place on the Wyndham Park paddling pool in this film made for cinemas in the 1960s.

SKDC’s business manager for venues and facilities Paul Stokes said: “This is a tremendous find and another true piece of heritage of the park highlighting particularly how large and inviting the former pool was for residents and visitors.

“The film I am sure will have some role in the display in the new visitor centre that future park users can enjoy for years to come as they visit and make their own memories.”

Send your memories, photos and videos to the campaign by emailing pr@southkesteven.gov.uk, messaging directly to the Facebook page, tweet @wyndhamparkgrantham or send via the Instagram page @wyndhamparkgrantham