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SHM 09 The Opening of King George's Field, 1937 
The SMUDC officially opens the former Gore Court Park as a town playing field in memory of King George V.
We look forward to the day that we will be able to resume our programme of events with confidence. In the meantime, we will do our best to try to bring you online experiences during this period of difficulty.
See the following on our Youtube Channel (click on the links or the images, then, if you wish, use the back arrow on your browser to return here)
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SHM 01  The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital, 1928
A short film, including 1928 original cine-film showing the ceremony performed in front of a large crowd, to lay the stone marking the beginning of construction on Sittingbourne's Hospital 
Total running time: 6m33sec 
SHM 13  1937 - Sittingbourne & Milton's Coronation Celebrations
Wednesday 12th May was a day of celebration for the whole country and the local council had planned many things. It turned out to be a wet day in Sittingbourne and the local paper ran with "Rain Reigned Supreme". The people were undaunted and things went ahead anyway. Original cine-film and photographs from the time are incorporated into this 14 minute video.
SHM 12   Vilém Göth RAF - An eventful journey from Brno to Bell Road
This Czech pilot was 25 years old when he died fighting for the RAF and for his country. He is buried in Sittingbourne's Bell Road cemetery
SHM 11 1937 - RAF Eastchurch - Empire Air Day
Ted Wraight and his trusty cine camera again - on a day out to Eastchurch where there were at least 30 aircraft flying or on view. Visitors were treated to displays of air combat and formation flying.
Total time: 6m 34s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVMcJ5RZBm0
SHM 10   1937 - The Grove - unveiling of George Andrews memorial
George Andrews JP CC gave this park to the people of Sittingbourne & Milton Regis in 1930 on the amalgamation of the two town councils. He died in 1934, and a memorial was created. This is the unveil ing by his widow in 1937.
SHM 02 The History of Sittingbourne & Milton Fire Brigade
This tells the story of the local brigade, from the Insurance Company brigades in the 1800s through the formation of separate council brigades for Milton, Sittingbourne, Teynham & Lynsted, to the amalgamation of the brigades and the changes brought on by war.
SHM 04 The Convent of the Nativity Sports Day, c1938 
Some cine film of the sports day provided by Allen Wraight whose father shot the film. We have slowed the film to a normal speed,added some stills, other information and a narration. 
Total: 14m 28sec 
SHM 06 The Story of West Street told through 10 Objects 
John Mount made this presentation in October 2019 
SHM 07 2001, A Street's Odyssey - A look at East Street 
A grand title for just a short piece video of East Street, shot in 2001, with a brief look at what came before and what has happened since. 
SHM 08 Key Street - The Lost Village 
The key Street roundabout sits on top of a place where a settlement used to be.
Total time: 6m 34s
SHM 14   Memories and a Brief History of the Sittingbourne Cattle Market
Many people are unaware that we once had a regular Livestock Market in Sittingbourne. I used to love the noise and the smells - especially the baby animals. (I was only five myself!)
Total time: 7m 33s
SHM 03 The Story of Sittingbourne - a short video - suitable for children. 
Once upon a time, Sittingbourne was very small - so small you couldn't see it because it was behind Milton!
Running time: 3m 30sec
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