Hinckley historians join forces to release DVD

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 26 October 2020

HINCKLEY’S local history group, Hinckley District Past and Present, have joined forces with The Hinckley and District Museum to release a new co-produced DVD.

Pictured: Local Historians Paul Gardner (left) and Greg Drozdz (right) (Supplied by Paul Gardner to the Hinckley Free Press)

The DVD is titled ‘Wonderful Historic Hinckley’ and consists of a total of three films in total on one DVD disk and USB stick.

The films are written and narrated by Greg Drozdz of the Hinckley and District Museum, whilst Hinckley District Past and Present Group Owner, Paul Gardner, has created and produced the films.

The inspiration behind the creation of the DVD came from this year’s recently-held ‘Heritage Weekends’, which had taken place last month in September.

DVD inspiration and contents

Whilst the event was heavily-affected due to the coronavirus crisis, Greg and Paul produced the DVD’s first film with short notice. The film covers the early origins of Hinckley to the present day.

The first film was first screened exclusively on Hinckley District Past and Present’s weekly Facebook live-stream for their members to enjoy.

The movie was greeted with many positive comments online, with members further requesting for ‘more of the same’.

As a result of the positive feedback, a second film named ‘Sporting Excellence’ was produced.

The ‘Sporting Excellence’ film looks at ‘amazing’ local sports personalities from the area who have gone on to the top of their chosen sports, which goes to show viewers there are more sporting heroes than they think.

‘Up The Jit’, the last of the three films on the DVD, provides viewers with a fascinating look at Hinckley’s many yards and jitties from their early origins, development, and demise.

Also featured on ‘Up The Jit’ are the yards that produced prominent characters, which include a Lord Mayor of Leicester, a strict Baptist Minister, and a bare knuckle boxer.

Local historians comment

Greg Drozdz, a Local Historian, said: “I am delighted to be working with Paul from HDPP on this project.

“We have both been massively interested in local history and heritage for many years, so this collaboration is definitely a meeting of like minds.”

Greg further added: “We hope our efforts will inform and entertain people at a time when the Museum could not open its doors.

“There is a great deal which makes up the heritage of the town, both people, buildings and places. We hope that it is all here with a few surprises along the way.”

Paul Gardner, Founder of Hinckley District Past and Present, said: “This will make a great Christmas gift or birthday present.

“It has been great working with Greg as his knowledge of the town history is second to none”, Gardner further explained.

Where to buy

The DVDs are available on sale in the Jaspers of Hinckley store on Castle Street for £6, with monies from the sale going into the Hinckley District Past and Present’s Good Causes Fund and the Hinckley and District Museum.

Alternatively, DVDs are available by simply emailing contact@hdpp.co.uk.

If the District Museum hopefully reopens by the springtime, like it is hoped to, they will start selling them inside.

The local history group are aiming to resume their ever-popular monthly scanning sessions in the coming weeks, which are held at St. Marys Church.

If the sessions are given the green light to go ahead, copies will then be available on the scanning days.

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