It's History in Motion, Grayson; CATCH A GLIMPSE INTO BRUM'S PAST AS PATHE NEWS PUTS PICTURES ON THE INTERNET

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It's History in Motion, Grayson; CATCH A GLIMPSE INTO BRUM'S PAST AS PATHE NEWS PUTS PICTURES ON THE INTERNET


Byline: JUSTINE HOLLINS

HUNDREDS of photographs charting the highlights in the history of Birmingham back to the turn of the last century have been launched for the first time on the internet. Created from the world-famous British Pathe newsreel archive they give a fascinating, visual insight into the city's development preWorld War I up to the swinging 60s and 70s.

Footie fans will be delighted with a whole host of snippets dedicated to key football clashes.

They include the 1956 FA Cup final between Blues and Man City where opposition goal keeper Bert Trautmann broke his neck; the FA Cup fourth round Aston Villa v Blackpool clash in1938 and England's 3-2 wartime football match win against Scotland in 1945 at Villa Park.

Other colourful highlights include a royal visit by the King and Queen in 1948; a 1919 wedding with a whole troop of flower girls; the opening of the city's Cinephone in 1956; Brummie Elizabeth Lewis taking her place as a finalist for Miss Great Britain in 1958 and Spaghetti Junction in 1971.

On a more serious note the unique archive, which forms a collection of 12 million historic photographs of national events, includes the murder hunt for the killer of Stephanie Baird from Edgbaston, in 1960. Peter Fydler, archive marketing director of ITN, which owns British Pathe, said: 'We believe these pictures charting key highlights in Birmingham's history will add a real depth and enjoyment to school history projects and other classroom work not just in the region, or UK but across the world too.

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