Appeal for old White Rock Baths footage

One of the halls where the two skateparks will be built
One of the halls where the two skateparks will be built
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Two brothers behind the redevelopment of the White Rock Baths are appealing for anyone who has old video footage of the site.

Marc and Richard Moore, from The Source, have been followed by local filmmaker, Tom Pickard, of Perception Films, for the past 18 months who has documented the journey from derelict building into the Source Park, which aims to be a world-class BMX and skateboarding facility.

The film aims to document the long history of the building as a leisure facility.

The crew has plenty of local people’s memories on film and lots of photographs from years past but The Source said it is proving difficult to find moving images to bring the story to life.

Richard, managing director at The Source, said: “Everyone you meet who grew up in the town has fond memories of the building; whether it’s learning to swim, hurting themselves ice skating or skateboarding the concrete bowl that was there briefly in the late 70s.

“Unfortunately video wasn’t so common then so it would be great if people can check if they have anything that we can use and help document a bit of local history.”

Tom, from Perception Films, said: “It’s great seeing the building in photographs stretching back 120 years but video would really bring the story to life. Other than a few seconds of swimming from 1932 and a very short cinefilm of local skateboarders from 1979, that’s all we have.”

The Source is looking for video footage from any of the site’s previous uses as Turkish baths, a swimming pool, concrete skatepark, roller disco or icerink and can accept footage in any format, though digitised is preferred.

Anyone with video they think might be useful is asked to get in touch with Tom at tom@perception-films.com or call The Source on 01424 460943.

The new £1.3m facility is set to open late this year.

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