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Kench Family Films: 1965 Part 2, Redbridge and West End (1965)

Beatles puppets, West End windows and an Ilford family Christmas all feature in this eclectic home move from Redbridge in 1965.

Home movie 1965 14 mins Silent

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Baby Amanda features in much of this footage of family life in Ilford, including trips to a local park and Christmas Day, surrounded by presents and relatives. There’s also some great footage taken in the West End at Christmas, featuring decoration but also window displays – check out the high street fashion and the fantastic head-shaking Beatles puppets, the latter now probably worth a small fortune.

Much of the footage is taken at the Kench home and garden at Henley Road, Ilford. Highlights include the small boy sticking his tongue out at the camera, the super fall-and-roll taken by another schoolboy in Valentines Park, the Christmas Day footage of toys being played with and dinner eaten, and the closing singalong of Ring-A-Roses.