The rare footage of Houghton Feast 1954 features views of the choir singing from the top of St Michael's Church tower, and all the fun of the Lake Fairground with Murphy's Waltzer, Jack Hammond's Yachts (later owned by Robertson's and now Dorman's), Cooper's Big Mickey, Sheeron's Gallopers (later Screeton's and now John Armitage) and the Culine Bros' Silver Rodeo. We also get a glimpse of the early Feast illuminations, including the (then controversial) animated Guinness Festival clock, which had been designed by the firm of Lewitt Him. This clock was one of eight full size clocks built for the Guinness Company, weighing over 2 tons and standing 25 feet high.
The exclusive behind the scenes look at the historic ox roasting and insightful narration by Ron Young reveals the hard work which goes into preparing your tasty ox sandwich.
Journey Through Time as you see inside the historic parish church of St Michael & All Angels on rare views of its Victorian interior, which disappear to reveal the archaeological excavations under the floors during the 2008 dig.
TOC: DVD contains:
Journey Through Time featurette
Houghton Feast Ox Roasting: A Beef History
Houghton Feast 1954 - rare cine footage
Houghton Hillside Cemetery: Then & Now
The Heritage Map features:
St Michael's Church in 1780
The Lake fairground
Coliseum Picture House
The original White Lion PH
Royal Kepier Grammar School
Houghton Police Station
The Seven Sisters at Copt Hill
Houghton Hillside Cemetery
Houghton's last air raid shelter
Nesham Hall Academy
Riani's Gaiety Temperance Bar