Peterborough Cinema Adverts c.1939

A fascinating series of local adverts shown in Peterborough cinemas around 1939.

Polebrook Airfield 1943

Superb footage of wartime activities at Polebrook Airfield in 1943, featuring the magnificent B17 Flying Fortresses of the 351st Bomb Group of the US Air Force 

The end of the Wirrina Stadium – 09/10/10

Saturday 9th October 2010 and the walls came crashing down – the Wirrina Stadium was no more !

“Deltic 22” at Peterborough Station – June 2010

As the wonderful age of steam approached its demise in the early 1960s, there was a need for British Rail to come up with a powerhouse diesel locomotive to take on the arduous long distance haul up and down the East Coast Main Line. In 1961/1962 it found the answer in the most powerful diesel locomotive yet produced, the Class 55 “deltic” named after the distinctive twin Napier Deltic engines that powered these monsters up and down the line, through Peterborough, right up to their demise in 1982.

Not surprisingly, a number of these iconic engines were saved from the cutter’s torch and some have even been restored and maintained well enough to be allowed back onto their old stamping ground where they haul occasional and very popular day excursions.

On Saturday 12th June 2010, the “Capital Deltic” excursion coasted down the main line and through Peterborough, hauled by East Lancashire Railway’s  “Deltic 22”, 55022 Royal Scots Grey. 

Reed’s Garage on Broadway

Wonderful footage of cars leaving Reed’s Garage on Broadway during a Buy British Week campaign.

Vintage Bridge Street

Classic early footage of Bridge Street as cars look to manouvre up what appears to be Priestgate.

Demolition of the Royal Mail sorting office

The first week of June 2010 saw the demise of the old Royal Mail sorting office on Bourges Boulevard as the area prepared for the “station quarter” redevelopment. 

Cathedral Square fountains – June 2010

The long awaited switching on of the Cathedral Square fountains took place in early June 2010 ….. much to the delight of local kids on their half-term break !  

Building of Town Bridge 1934

Footage of the new Town Bridge under construction in 1934. 

Peterborough in the Fifties

Footage captured by the Film Unit of Frank Perkins Limited opening with the Gordon Arms on the Oundle Road followed by footage of a busy Bridge Street, an equally busy Market Square and ending with boats on the Nene.