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Eddie Savage's Aberystwyth

Savage’s Garage in Queen’s Road, once an institution in Aberystwyth, lives again in this film showing its proprietor and his family.

Amateur film 1950 15 mins Silent

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Eddie Savage bought himself overalls on the day in 1925 that his father, Tom, acquired the garage in Queen's Road, Aberystwyth, and he went on to run it himself. He lived with his family – wife and 3 daughters – next door to the garage, at Sandmarsh Cottage (now a listed building), and filmed family and community events in both black & white and colour. Included here is footage of donkey rides on the prom, building work on the garage, the feeding of hens and seaside scenes.

Eddie Savage’s initials – EOS - spelt ‘eos’, the Welsh word for nightingale and in his later years he lived in a bungalow in Penparcau, Aberystwyth, named ‘Hud-yr-Eos’ (the charm of the nightingale). He and wife Mary were childhood sweethearts, meeting at Ardwyn School [Aberystwyth County School]. Their daughters – Mary, Helen and Janet - are often seen on this film wearing matching coats and hats and striking scarves. As can be seen, the family also included a corgi.