Past, present and future of Halifax - told on film

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A NEW DVD which tells the story of Halifax and looks at the past, present and future of the town has been released by Pathways Productions.

Producer and cameraman Peter Thornton and presenter Ray Riches have collaborated on the DVD which captures the rich history of Halifax from early medieval times to the present day.

Iconic buildings such as Halifax Minster, the Piece Hall and Wainhouse Tower are featured in ‘Halifax, Past, Present and Future’ along with 19th century treasures such as Halifax Town Hall and the Market Hall.

Mr Thornton, of Todmorden, said: “Making the DVD has been a real eye-opener. We gathered so much fantastic footage that we had to make it into a double disc set - and then we left a lot out.”

Family businesses which put Halifax on the world map are featured such as the Crossleys, Akroyds, Mackintosh’s and the ‘Cat’s Eye’ inventor Percy Shaw.

The story of the ‘Halifax’ before it became part of Lloyds Banking Group is told, along with a look at familiar Halifax shops. Author Stephen Gee takes a tour of the oldest pubs in town and Trevor Simpson revisits Halifax in the ‘Swinging Sixties’. The twin DVD will be launched with a free screening at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, on November 16 at 7pm. It is available at Just Books in Brighouse or by contacting 01706 812008.