Over the coming months we'll be highlighting some of the hundreds of newsreels featuring footage from our region, thankfully now preserved in various archive facilities around our country, with many available to watch online.

To kick things off, here's four 1920s and 30s newsreels filmed and edited by the Bognor Regis Film Society (more about them coming soon), plus a specially commissioned compilation of local footage from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Seafront Promenade
Date: Circa 1920s
Running Time: 1 minute 3 seconds

This short film contains scenes of Bognor seafront, a couple walking on the prom and everyday street traffic with pedestrians.
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Bognor [Clown]
Date: September 1928
Running Time: 1 minute 12 seconds.

An amateur film of children having a picnic in a back garden followed by scenes on Bognor Regis beach. Children play in the sand and a crowd watch a clown juggling and performing. Bognor pier can be seen in the background and donkeys are led along the beach.
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Bognor Regis Review
Date: 1929-1930.
Duration: 38 minutes 44 seconds

A compilation of local news in and around Bognor Regis. The items have been edited together at a later date; intertitles, some animated, introduce each item.
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Silver Jubilee Celebrations at Bognor Regis
Date: 1935
Running Time: 9 minutes 51 seconds

This black and white film provides highlights of a parade with procession and floats in Bognor Regis for HM George V Jubilee Celebration. The parade is followed by a sports display on a playing field, a fire brigade demonstration and closes with a fireworks display.
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Britain on Film - Coast & Sea - The West Sussex Coast
Featuring footage from Itchenor, Chichester Harbour, Selsey, West Wittering, Bognor Regis, Shoreham and Littlehampton.
Date: August 2017
Running Time: 25 minutes 40 seconds

A compilation of archive films, with a specially commissioned musical accompaniment, looking at various locations along the West Sussex coast from the 1930s to the 1960s. Produced with support from the British Film Institute's Britain on Film Coast & Sea Programme Development Fund.
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These five newsreels are all from The Collection, compiled and stored by Screen Archive South East at University of Brighton, including many more made by the  Bognor Regis Film Society.