Evening Mail, Sept 22, 2005


FINDING SIEGE FILM WAS A LONG-SHOT! By Tony Collins

Ex-pupil Phil tracks down 1965 footage

Long-lost film is to bring back treasured memories for ex-pupils of a city school as they celebrate a 50 year landmark.

Former pupils and staff of Moseley Modern School are reuniting to mark the opening of the building in College Road in 1955.

For one group of former classmates, next Saturday promised to be even more memorable.

In 1965, pupils re-enacted the Civil War siege of 1642 at Kenilworth Castle. The event was recorded by the school, only for the 8mm colour film to be destroyed in a flood.

But the day has been saved after one of the ex-pupils, Phil Crocker, remembered that the re-enactment was also filmed by ATV.

Phil, now 57, of Swanshurst Lane, Billesley, said: ‘I knew the film existed, but it took me ages to find it. It was a real coup! I remembered that ATV had filmed so I contacted [ITV] Central who referred me to the Media Archive for Central England, in Nottingham.’ Phil added, ‘Staging the siege was the brainchild of a terrific teacher, Roger Perks’.

Mr Perks, who went on to be head of Baverstock School, died on Christmas day last year, and his widow has given permission for the film to be shown.

It will be shown publicly for the first time in 40 years on Saturday’, Phil said.

The open day at the building, which is now part of Moseley School and Language College, will include classroom tours and displays of archive material.

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