We are very busy getting ready for this event and have been given a generous amount of space in The Abbey Station for our displays and items for sale, including Gone to Earth books and the double CD of “Gone to Earth, Remembered and Revisited” which is a treasure trove of memories about the making of the film. There will also be a showing of the film by Flicks in the Sticks.
We would love to make contact with any of the 300 extras or their families to share their memories of their Holly wood debut.
The event will run from 10.00 – 4.00 Admission Free but donations welcome to help with the ongoing restoration of the Abbey Station
Do come along and support both societies.
Philip Davies PR for Shrewsbury Heritage Railway writes:
“A SEARCH FOR SHROPSHIRE’S FILM STARS OF YESTERYEAR……..
Sunday 6th August will see a considerable amount of activity in the Abbey Foregate area of Shrewsbury; as the ‘County of Salop Steam Engine Society’ hosts a public preview at Abbey Station, of the nationally celebrated Shrewsbury Steam Rally, being held at Onslow Park on the August Bank holiday weekend. There will also be an exhibition focused on Mary Webb.
David Morris, SRHT Board Member said: “Abbey Foregate car park will be displaying historic steam traction engines and commercial vehicles; and the recently restored Abbey Station building will be featuring a display by the Mary Webb Society, marking 100 years since the publication of Mary Webb’s ‘Gone to Earth’ novel, and the 90 years anniversary of her death. The display will also celebrate Hollywood’s visit to Shropshire, when world-famous actress Jennifer Jones, and celebrated producer, David O Selznick, together with the writer/producer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, came to the County to film ‘Gone to Earth’. The display will highlight the names of almost 300 Shropshire residents who appeared in the film, and the event organisers are hoping that many of the local families who can remember their relatives being involved in the film, will be able to pop along and help the Society to record their memories, and ensure that this valuable historic information is not lost. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Mary Webb Society on this project, with a lot of information coming to light, showing that the film company used many more locations than was originally thought, with quite a lot of the locations being very remote indeed. We are looking forward to local families visiting the exhibition, and helping us to build on the information already gathered”.