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Does anyone recognise the St Ives child from 1924?

Cornwall's lost world in colour

Find out more about the first ever colour cinema footage of the county and how the BBC needs your help to identify the people on film.

People in Cornwall are being asked to help identify the individuals captured on the first ever colour cinema footage of the county.

It was shot back in 1924 by the pioneering film-maker, Claude Friese-Greene.

St Michael's Mount in 1924
Were you in Cornwall during the '20s?

He drove from Land's End to John O'Groats, filming a magical travelogue of the beauty spots of his day.

It was a remarkable feat for those early days of the motor car - but even more remarkable in that the film he made was in colour. 

Friese-Greene invented the first ever commercially viable colour process, using an experimental red/green tint.

He called his series of short films 'The Open Road'. 

Much of the footage was taken in Cornwall. 

The local scenes captured include; Land's End, Lamorna Cove, St Michael's Mount and St Ives.

Now, the BBC is using the footage to make a documentary series, to be screened next year. 

It's being made by the same team which worked on 'The Lost World Of Mitchell and Kenyon', which featured rare film from Edwardian England.

St Ives Harbour in 1924
Does anyone recognise this man from 1924

It'll be presented by the well-known TV historian, Dan Cruickshank.  

The production team is hoping to put names to some of the faces on the 1924 film and need your help.

Have a look at the photos on this page and see if you recognise anyone.

Find out more about the film

If you would like to see more of the footage, or think you or your family might even be featured in the film, then the BBC's Learning Roadshow will be visiting west Cornwall on Monday 4 July.  Here's the schedule:

1000-1130 Land's End - in front of the visitor's centre.
1330-1500 Penzance - in the Wharfside car park.
1545-1715 St Ives - in the Leisure Centre car park.
All are welcome to turn up and find out more about the colour film and how the BBC is making it into a documentary series. 

There's also a chance to attend a special screening and dicussion hosted by Dan Cruickshank.

VENUE: Plymouth College of Further Education in Kings Road in Plymouth.
TIMES: There are two sessions at 2pm and 6pm.  They last for around two hours.

To book a place email or call 01752 260323. 

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