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Belper twins sought by film-maker British Pathe
Do you recognise this pair of Belper School twins?
Do you recognise this pair of Belper School twins?

It's one of the oldest film-makers in the world with an archive featuring thousands of hours of British life.

Now British Pathe has made its Derbyshire archive available to view and it wants help tracing some of the people who featured in its old reports.

One film, viewable on the British Pathe website, dates back to 1962 and highlights 26 sets of twins who attended Belper School,

Another details a 1959 pothole tragedy involving 20-year-old Neil Rose.

Magnificent shots

A rescue party attempt to save 20-year-old Neil Rose in 1959
A rescue party attempts to save 20-year-old Neil Rose in 1959

The videos are amongst 29 clips which provide a fascinating shot of 20th century life in Derbyshire and are streamed on the British Pathe website's Derbyshire section .

Other footage shows Lord and Lady Scarsdale at Kedleston Hall in the 1960s and magnificent shots of gliders in Great Hucklow from the 1940s.

There are also 12 clips showing Ashbourne Shrovetide football through the decades.

If you can help identify anyone shown in the videos you should contact Pathe directly through its website.

The media company, which was founded in London in 1902, produced hundreds of bi-weekly newsreels which were shown in cinemas until they stopped being made in 1970.

Since then, the archive footage has been used extensively around the world in television programmes, documentary films and on websites.

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