During the 1970’s and 80’s, going abroad on holiday was a regular thing, something we kinda took for granted. Not may people went away in the early years, well, not overseas anyway.
I was very lucky indeed, my Dad worked two jobs so that we could afford to travel overseas on holiday every year. My earliest memory was getting on a boat in Southampton while suffering from Mumps. This would have been 1974 and one of my first trips to Australia to see the relatives.
Grandad and my Dad had always had an interest in film and it was to be my Dads 8mm cine camera that recorded some of our most wonderful childhood memories, and thank god he did!
Here is my first ever holiday, bit too young to remember much tho.
And here is one of my first ever trips to Spain! It’s a lengthy bit of footage!
And so on………….
All these reels were sent off at the end of every holiday and we waited for them to be processed before being posted back. Imagine that, waiting weeks to watch you own holiday films!
Once the packaged arrived, Dad would set up the projector in the living room, we would draw the thick velvet curtains and then watch ourselves projected onto the large white screen that would hang over the fireplace.
These evening were great events, they didn’t happen that often either but as the years went by, the more footage we had to watch. When Dad finally went over to VHS, we had a large box full of 8mm which then would have sat in a cupboard for many years until recently that is!
In the early part of 2011 I decided to get the old 8mm films along with the original projector and have a go at putting a few of them on my YouTube channel. I crudely set up my small Sony camera and projected the films onto the back of one of the Wife’s shoe boxes. Once capture, I then uploaded the results up to my channel. After posting the links to family so they could see some of the stuff that had not seen the light of day for years, I kinda forgot about them until one Friday afternoon I got an email sent to my YouTube channel.
It read along the lines of, we are looking for 70s holiday footage film for TV with a very famous presenter, I did a search on the net and it came up with yours, please get in touch, regards.
Then, in the Summer of 2012, I was contacted by a large advertising agency who were putting together a commercial for a large company and wanted to know if they could use my 8mm footage? Of course I said, and once again sent off the 8mm films for conversion.
Did I make it onto the TV documentary? Who was the famous presenter, who was the large company and did I make it onto TV once again?
Well, Ill guess you will have to just keep on wondering.