Jean Pamenter and Peter Keys at the Proston Community Hall on Saturday evening (Photo: Kathy Duff)

May 20, 2021

Old home movies shot between 1955 and the 1970s attracted a large crowd to the Proston Community Hall on Saturday evening.

The movie night featured 8mm footage of life shot in and around Proston put together by Peter Keys.

The hall was packed for the film night, with residents also enjoying a sausage sizzle outside.

The night was organised by local residents Kathy Crane, Nick Blanch and Linda Rea as a fundraiser for the Proston Heritage Association.

The group is gathering together information and stories for Proston’s centenary in 2023. 

“The Heritage Association is working towards celebrating the centenary of the coming of the railway to Proston,” Kathy said.

“It will be held from September 30 to October 2 in 2023.

“We are very excited about this, especially after the response on the weekend.”

She said many former Proston residents had come back to town see the movies.

“We are wanting to have a book ready for the centenary filled with people’s own stories of Proston.

“It could be about anything, from a paragraph to page and a half or so.

“We need these by the end of this year (December).

“On Saturday we had volunteers taking down the stories of some people and we plan to do another of these days.”

People who missed out on attending the movie night can buy a copy of the movie on a USB stick for $20, plus $5 postage.

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A tiny preview of Peter’s movie from Saturday night:

Visitors enjoyed a sausage sizzle outside the hall (Photo: Linda Rea)
A big crowd turned out to watch the historic videos (Photo: Kathy Duff)

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