Old Images of Grays, Essex

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Glimpse the past through old images of Grays, Essex, part of the unitary authority of Thurrock.

1960s Carnival

Processing down Greys High Street, the 1960s Carnvial passed many buildings which were later demolished for the shopping centre.

We see people preparing a float, enacting a scene from Sweeney Todd, the Carnival Queen and her court, and the band beginning to march.

At the Edgar J. Jones shop, several generations of the family and their dog have clambered out of the upstairs window to sit on top of the shop’s bay window, for a better view of the carnival.

It’s a great little film which captured hundreds of people and many, many businesses and homes at a time when few people made home recordings.

Grays Thurrock Carnival 1960’s Home Movie Cine Film – Dave Eldergill on YouTube

1970s Chimney Demolition

In the 1970s, development of the new Dolphin Industrial Estate was planned for a brownfield site. To make the land ready for construction, and old industrial chimney had to be demolished.

This short film includes a diagram of the new Dolphin Industrial Estate, preparations for the demolition works, some of the men working for Thos W. Ward Ltd, local people who came to watch the chimney demolition, and the huge dust clouds created when the chimney fell to the ground.

Chimney Demolition in Grays Essex 1970’s Super 8 Cine Film – Dave Eldergill on YouTube

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