A new book looking back at changes in Newport Pagnell during the past fifty years has just been published.
Changing Times by local author Julie Wilson features memories of the town from the late 1950s to present times, highlighting the way life for residents has changed.
Julie said: “Life in the town half a century ago was very different to that of today. Newport Pagnell was a smaller, quieter place where people read the weekly Bucks Standard and watched films at the Electra. Families picked blackberries in fields that have become housing estates and it was said that you could buy anything you wanted in the High Street.
“Many changes have occurred in the town in the name of progress – some very good and some terrible. This book aims to chronicle how the town has evolved over the past fifty years. It will definitely bring memories flooding back for lots of local people. ”
Changing Times is packed full of remarkable colour images produced by talented photographer Michael Pratt who wandered round the town snapping people and places regularly from 1959.
Michael, who has lived in the town all of his life, said: “I carried on taking pictures for all those years because I felt that everything in the town would change and I suppose my photography was a vain attempt to stop time and cling to the past.”
Changing Times is priced at £10 and is available for sale from the Post Office and Cambourne Travel in Newport Pagnell High Street. It can also be purchased online at www.victoriaweb.co.uk
An exhibition of photographs by Michael Pratt will be on display in the United Reformed Church Hall, High Street, (under the arches opposite Nationwide) on Saturday 10 November from 10am – 4pm. Admission is free.
There will be colour photographs on display featuring local scenes from the late 1950s to present times.