Good turnout at museum’s World War II event

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Staff at Kettering Museum and Art Gallery have said yesterday’s (Saturday March 10) event to commemorate the town’s World War II Legacy was a success.

Around 50 people turned up to Manor House Museum to watch locally produced film ‘The Day the Americans Came,’ which focuses around Americans arriving in Kettering during the war, and is part of the museum’s recent Heritage Lottery Funded project.

The film, which premiered earlier this year at Kettering Odeon, was produced locally by UK Film School and captures the experiences of the people of Kettering during World War II. The film saw many local people get involved in its creation as members of the cast, film crew, wardrobe assistants, or hair and make up assistants.

Museum officer Eleanor Baumber said that she was pleased with the turn out, and a number of people who were involved in the film came to watch it.

She added that some people had travelled from further a field to catch a glimpse of the movie.

Kettering Borough councillor Christopher Lamb, portfolio holder for Community and Culture, added: “We are delighted to be able to offer local people another chance to find out more about the history of Kettering and the important role that the area played in the countries World War Two history.”

The film, which is 40 minutes long, was shown at the museum three times on Saturday and the entry was free.

Meanwhile, at the Alfred East Art Gallery, local poet ‘Spike’ gave readings of poetry that captured wartime memories.

For more information about yesterday’s event, and some interesting facts about the film, watch the interview with Miss Baumber in the video above.