From The Cornish Guardian:
HISTORICAL films covering towns and events in Cornwall are among 85,000 titles put onto video-sharing website YouTube for free by British Pathé.
The vintage news reports and cine-magazines are part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.
Local events covered include Bodmin's "Starling Menace'' of 1954; a First World War fundraising drive in Newquay for a new lifeboat; the rescue of students from a sinking ketch at Fowey in 1956 and a look at the china clay industry during the 1940s.
There are also films of a 1947 town crier contest in Bodmin; Padstow Obby Oss celebrations in 1932 and a look at Cornish Wrestling in St Austell during 1926.
"Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them," said Alastair White, general manager of British Pathé.
"This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that."
British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style.
It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but also from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.
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