This was Derby

A fascinating film of Derby in the mid-1960s – created by Norman Fitchett and Pear Tree Junior School. As the trolley buses are still operating and one of the shots shows the (now derelict) Full Street police station, I believe it dates it to sometime in 1966 or 1967.

This is Derby from MACE Archive on Vimeo.

There’s a lot that’s still recognisable today, as well as much that has disappeared.

The scenes from a very well attended cricket match at the County Ground and football at the old Baseball Ground are particularly enjoyable. I was also left wondering what happened to the Boy and Ram sculpture from the Castlefield’s Main Centre – which is now the site of the particularly ugly Westfield multi-storey car park. By the magic of t’interwebs, I tracked it down to the Riverside Gardens – where it appears to be in danger.

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