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Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 18:43 GMT 19:43 UK


UK: Scotland

Film awash with memories

The film provides a valuable archive of the underwater village

Rare film footage of a once-thriving Scottish mining village which now lies under water has been restored and shown to its former residents.

The film of Bothwellhaugh, in Lanarkshire, captures life before it became derelict and was eventually flooded as part of the Strathclyde Country Park development.


BBC Scotland's Leslie Anderson takes a trip down memory lane
Now memories of the village have come flooding back for former residents of Bothwellhaugh who viewed the 80-minute film shot by the late Joe Griffiths.

The local man, who was keen on amateur cinematography, captured the village's life between 1962 and 1965.

Mr Griffith's 8mm film of the period has been cleaned up and carefully restored.


[ image: Beatrice Forsyth:
Beatrice Forsyth: "We were happy"
He was helped in his movie archiving by son Alistair who was at the film's premiere showing in Motherwell on Wednesday.

He said: "I used to help him edit the films when I was young. I have been really surprised at the amount of interest this has all created.

"I know my dad would have been equally as surprised and also very pleased."

One former resident, Tom Eadie, said life was good in Bothwellhaugh.

He said: "People in the village made their own entertainment. There was no thought of going to different towns and villages . There used to be all kinds of things going on."

Very contented

Another former villager, Beatrice Forsyth, said although people did not have a great deal of money they were very contented.

She said: "Watching the film brought back a whole load of happy memories."

The pictures are now expected to take a valuable place in Scotland's archive of social and industrial history.



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