The British Film Institute has put on-line – via Twitter – a second version of a classic 1967 film on Penarth – the message of which appears to have even greater relevance today than it did when first released .
The short movie is a glimpse of Penarth as it was in the summer of 1967 – reflecting the simple pleasures of the pier and the sea front and the sun – to the gentle accompaniment of a brass band. (Just press the arrow symbol to play it )
The sixties voice-over is in the distinctive tones of the then Mayor of Penarth John Krieger and seems to aim itself squarely at those who are forever trying to mess around with a town that everyone would much rather see left just as it is.
The film was made long before the last two disastrous episodes of Local Government Reorganisation (stand by for a third coming soon), pre-dates the inception of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, and harks back to the era when Penarth had its own proper Urban District Council and was able to make its own decisions on its own doorstep.
The full length film – which was actually shot in 1966 but released in 1967 – can be seen on http://tinyurl.com/jlabjfe