A film about Swindon which received The Queen’s royal seal of approval will be screened at various venues this summer.
Scores of residents starred in the showreel, called A Portrait of Swindon, which celebrates the Borough’s rich heritage, culture, commerce, communities and landscapes.
The Queen watched special extracts in the Swindon tent as part of Jubilee festivities held in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral on Tuesday May 1. In keeping with the Royal portrait theme, whilst making the film, people were asked who they would like to see sitting on a special gold sofa. Following up on these suggestions, lots of local people are now captured on the couch in a series of images which accompany the film.
Vince Ayris, aged 49, who runs a shoe repair and engraving shop in Havelock Street, features in the film and met The Queen on May 1.
He said: “I can honestly say it was the highlight of my life so far. I presented Her Majesty with a copy of the film and she gave such a wonderful smile. It felt very personal and you could tell she was enjoying it.
“In the film I show some of the engravings I’ve done for the repatriation of British troops. I’m passionate about my work and enjoy building a rapport with people. Swindon is a great place so I was really proud to be part of this.”
More than 600 people and some 60 venues took part in the project. Local beauty spots and employers all star in the film, along with school children, community stalwarts, performing artists and business people.
Swindon Borough Council Leader Roderick Bluh said: “This film captures perfectly what makes Swindon so special and The Queen really enjoyed watching it. I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to see it because there are some wonderful stories, which bring to life the tremendous variety and spirit of the Borough.”
Excerpts from the film, produced by Create Studios, are available to view online at www.createstudios.org.uk/swindonjubilee
Watch the whole film at…
· Artsite gallery, in Theatre Square, from Thursday June 7 until Saturday June 9 – opening hours 10.30am until 4pm
· The Big Arts Day at Lydiard Park on Saturday July 14
· Swindon Central Library, during main library opening hours, from Tuesday September 11 until Monday October 1
Pictured: The Queen in the Swindon Tent meeting people involved in the production of the film.