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Village of Wray After the Floods 1967

The freak flash flooding in the village of Wray wreaks havoc.

Amateur film 1967 9 mins Silent

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Sweeping away buildings, bridges and vehicles, the sheer force of the River Roeburn in the 1967 flood brings devastation to the village of Wray on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border. Piles of rubble, dilapidated buildings and remaining pools of muddy waters are captured on film by local amateur film maker, Eddie Percy.

During the summer storms of 1967, almost a quarter of the buildings in Wray, North Lancashire, were damaged, though miraculously no residents were harmed. The natural disaster is now represented through the ‘Millennium Mosaic’ in the village, which has been placed on the site where many houses were destroyed. Eddie Percy, who recorded the aftermath on film, lived and worked in Settle, North Yorkshire, and shot the material as part of his continued interest in filming local events to share with local audiences. The second and third parts of this film record the famous Appleby Fair and a pram race in Settle Market Square.