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Footage from 1977 and 2017 shown in this year's Dover Film Festival

By Sam Lennon

Two insights into Dover 40 years apart are being be shown in this year's Dover Film Festival.

The two movies show events in the town last year and in the late Seventies.

The production 1977 Dover Film, directed by the late Ray Warner, shows the building of the Hoverport in the Western Docks and the hovercraft using the Eastern Docks in the meantime.

The Queen inspects soldiers in Dover, 1977. Picture courtesy of Dover Museum
The Queen inspects soldiers in Dover, 1977. Picture courtesy of Dover Museum

In addition there is film of the Queen visiting the town during this, her Silver Jubilee year, and local street parties to celebrate.

One piece of footage shows Her Majesty inspecting a parade of soldiers.

Dover once had the Connaught Barracks at Burgoyne Heights and Old Park Barracks in Whitfield.

Jubilee Way was obviously named to mark the Queen's then 25th year on the throne and there is film of the Dover MP of the day, Peter Rees, opening it.

Jubilee Way opened in 1977 by the then MP Peter Rees. Picture courtesy of Dover Museum
Jubilee Way opened in 1977 by the then MP Peter Rees. Picture courtesy of Dover Museum
Last year's Boxing Day Dip. Picture courtesy of Dover Festival Society
Last year's Boxing Day Dip. Picture courtesy of Dover Festival Society

Meanwhile 2017 Dover Film, by festival organiser Mike McFarnell, shows events such as last year's Boxing Day Dip and the Dover Music Festival in August.

The festival continues the theme of showing events 40 years apart as last year's had film from 1976 and 2016.

A Seventies hovercraft leaving the Eastern Docks. Picture courtesy of Dover Museum
A Seventies hovercraft leaving the Eastern Docks. Picture courtesy of Dover Museum

It is at the Silver Screen Cinema at Gaol Lane off Market Square from Sunday and continues until Friday, March 9.

Show times are Sunday, March 4 ,at 2.30pm and Monday, March 5, at 11am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

On Tuesday, March 6, they are 2.30pm and 7.30pm and on Wednesday, March 7, 11am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Screening times for Thursday, March 8, are 2.30pm and 7.30pm and for Friday, March 9. 2.30pm.

Further details are available at the website dover-film.com.

Paper copies of the programme, plus tickets, are available at Dover Visitor Information Centre in Market Square.
Tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 for OAPs and £2 for children.

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