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 start things off, here's five films featuring Littlehampton, on a variety of subjects.

Speed Boats Littlehampton
Date: 1931-1933
Running Time: 13 minutes 13 seconds

A glimpse of Littlehampton sea front activities in the early 1930s, including boating on the sea front, biplanes and model yacht races.
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Southern Railway
Features footage from Worthing, Brighton, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, Barnham, Ford and Lancing.
Date: 1937-1938
Running Time: 40 minutes 17 seconds

Amateur film-maker Eric Sparks records the trains and stations of the Southern Railway Company, marking the moment when the first electrically powered trains travelled to Littlehampton and Bognor Regis in 1938.
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Littlehampton & Rustington
Date: 1961
Running Time: 15 minutes 48 seconds

Littlehampton scenes, shot from a moving vehicle and Littlehampton Swing Bridge and from fixed positions at a carnival and the marina, in 1961 by Robert Currie.
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Movies and Memories: Littlehampton
Date: 11 June 2013
Running Time: 6 minutes

A compilation of archive footage on the subject of Littlehampton coupled with memories captured by Screen Archive South East from residents of the town during an oral history and reminiscence project in 2013.
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MV Ben Varrey at Littlehampton Harbour
Date: 17 May 2015
Running Time: 55 seconds

A short recording of the MV Ben Varrey seen at the mouth of the River Arun heading out into the open sea, after its departure from Littlehampton port on Sunday the 17th May 2015 at 12:48 BST. The vessel is now known as the Logimar I.

These five newsreels are all from The Collection, compiled and stored
by Screen Archive South East at University of Brighton.