Rare footage looks at Flint through the ages

Reporter:

Matt Jones

FOOTAGE of the changing face of a busy town in the 1960s is to be shown for the first time.

A video exhibition of Flint through an important phase in its history will be premiered tomorrow at a meeting of the town’s historical society.

The footage was filmed by Roy Phillips, 69, who also took more than 900 photographs of Flint between 1965 and 1967 as the town underwent change with the construction of Bolingbroke and Richard Heights tower blocks.

Roy, who now lives in Australia, said: “I wanted to preserve some record of how Flint used to be as obviously things were changing, but I wasn’t able to foresee how much the town would change over the years.

“I could see things changing before my eyes and I wanted to preserve some of what was there. My only regret is that I didn’t take more photos sooner.

“At the time things which we now find alarming were not given a second thought back then, such as workmen 15 floors up working on steel girders with no safety equipment.

“Being able to provide a living history of the town enables me to give something back. They are much more useful in the public domain than tucked away in a box in a cupboard in Australia.”

The former Castle Works employee emigrated in 1968 and took his collection with him, but he has always stayed in touch with the town and recently sent the footage back.

He said: “My formative years were in Flint, my sister and her family are still there, as are my cousins, so Flint will always be a significant part of my life.

“Perhaps the thing I miss the most is not being able to walk down the street and know every second person I pass. Everyone knew everyone and I miss that.”

Local historian Peter Bellis, of Flint, has already published a book of pictures taken by Roy and will now make sure the video footage is given the light of day.

He said: “Roy has now sent back a compilation of videos he took at the same time showing Flint fire service, the RNLI and also splendid views of the demolition of the streets and the erection of the flats.

“This is an opportunity for young people to realise what was there before and make sure it is not forgotten.”

The footage will be shown at the history society meeting at Flint library tomorrow from 4pm.

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