Volume Seven, which completes the Lincolnshire A Century on Film series, covers the last thirty years of the Twentieth Century, a period which saw the heyday of traditional cine photography, followed by its rapid decline as video and digital systems became increasingly popular.
Another technological change was the increasing use of computers, though the latest thing in the 1970s now seems comically antiquated. Food production was also becoming increasingly mechanised. We see pork pies and Stilton cheese being made, and visit a Potato Crisp factory in Scunthorpe.
But for many, the most notable development of this era was the building of the Humber Bridge, and a fond farewell to the paddle steamer ferries it replaced. Industry, too, was flourishing, as we see during visits to Eddisons, Aveling Barford, and Ruston Bucyrus.
There were several Royal visits to the county, and 1977 saw the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, perhaps the last occasion of its kind to be celebrated county-wide in the traditional fashion. Also featured are the South Holland bulb industry and its Tulip Parade, the Fire Service, mobile libraries, archaeological excavation at Lincoln, a noisy Labour Party rally addressed by Michael Foot, and a splendid Pancake Race. We end with the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of VE Day.