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DVD The Vale of Leven   "The Lovely Valley" Alexandria, Balloch, Renton, Bonhill and Loch Lomond 
A unique and fascinating precious historical video account on DVD in four intriguing parts of The Vale of Leven and surrounding towns and places including Loch Lomond, Balloch, Bonhill, Renton and many more. Rare footage unveils places, streets, faces and nostalgic events of yesterday from an area that meant so much to the writer and producer of these DVD titles Colin M. Liddell. Much of the archive material was either filmed by Colin himself or came from his archive film library. So regardless as to whether you have roots or ties to The Vale or simply want to experience life and events from the 1940's onwards around these we are confident that you will not be disappointed. 

Also available for limited period only Book  "Memories of the Vale"   Author Colin M. Liddell. No longer in print and limited quantity remaining. See below for more details. 

Box Memories of The Vale of Leven Alexandria Collection 1945-200 4 Disk Box Set SAVE £15.97 versus individual DVD volumes
DVD Memories of The Vale of Leven Alexandria History Collection 1945-2000 Special 4 Disk Box Set. Save £15.97 versus individual DVD volumes. Covering Alexandria, Balloch, Loch Lomond, Renton, Bonhill, Jamestown, Luss, Tarbert. A truly amazing historical account of the Vale of Leven and surrounding areas featuring rare archive scenes of faces, places and events of days gone by in one unique box collection. Total viewing time 220mins, Region Free, Amazing value! Disk 1 1945 - 1955 The lovely valley..."There's a Valley nestles neatly neath the shadow of the hills. Its beauty and its splendour with joy my bosom thrills. If you ask the lonely exile, who has left it for a while. To name the spot he loves the best, he'll answer with a smile. It's the Valley, the Lovely Valley, where the Leven flows". Rare footage reveals scenes,places and events from the late 1940's to the early 1950's of The Vale of Leven and its towns and places including Alexandria,Balloch,Renton,Loch Lomond and Bonhill. Running time 55mins Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Scotland Disk 2 1945 - 1960 Continuing this nostalgic and fascinating look back at life, places and events in The Vale of Leven during the late 40’s and early 50’s. Extremely rare scenes, places in and around the Vale of Leven, Balloch, Bonhill and Loch Lomond during these post war years. We relive key events including The Vale during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1952, the Coronation year of 1953 with all of the decorations, flags, street parties and we share the match and famous victory when The Vale of Leven football team won the Scottish cup at Hampden Park in 1953 in front of a crowd of 58,000. Recall scenes of local landmarks including The Christie Park in the 1952 Jubilee celebrations with Bonhill Pipe Band, RNBR concerts in the Bandstand and dancing displays from Stewarts School of Dancing. Rekindle memories of well known places around the Vale including Davidsons Stores, Bank Street, Burnbrae, Bonhill’s “new” prefabs, Naperston Road and Levenbank Terrace and Bridge Street as they were in 1953. Running Time 55mins Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Scotland Disk 3 1955 - 1975 The 1950’s sees us arriving by steam train at Renton Station to revisit the “Roxy Picture House”, Tontine, Veterans and Renton Bowling Clubs, join Bonhill Pipe Band as they lead a parade through Renton to Renton Parish Church.. We witness later in this journey some of the subsequent redevelopment of Renton including the demolition and replacement of Renton Public School and the demolition of the Cordale housing estate. We continue our journey back in time visiting Bonhill’s then newly built “pre-Fab” houses, Dillichip Terrace and Bonhill Parish Church. Some of the local businesses we visit along the way may jog some happy memories, Biaji’s Fish and Chips, Busby Wood’s Cosy Corner and MacLean’s newsagent. Bank Street Alexandria still boasts The Strand and Hall Cinemas and we catch sight of the steam train from Glasgow leaving the Vale station where its next stop is Jamestown and Jamestown Parish Church.The late 1950’s see us at arriving by steam train at Drumkinnon Bay Balloch to catch a cruise on the Paddle Steamer “Maid of the Loch” for our scenic sail to Balmaha, Rowerdennnan, Inversnaid and Tarbert. Running Time 55mins Narrated by Mark Gray Disk 4 1950 - 2000 In the early 50’s key employers of Wiseman’s, Burroughs and Westclox General Time feature when at 5 o’clock we see crowds heading home across the “New Bridge” at Renton. 1953 and the Vale celebrates the Queen’s Coronation in style with streets decked in bunting and street parties in full swing. 1955 and a fire at “Black’s Farm”, Argyll Street. 1960 at Balloch Station where the last of the steam trains pulls in to allow passengers to board, including members and bikes of the Loch Lomond Motor Cycle Club.1962 sees the opening of a brand new Vale of Leven Academy with the previous academy now becoming Christie Park Primary School. 1963 sees walkers, motor bikes and prams walking across Loch Lomond which has completely frozen over leaving the Maid of the Loch icebound at Balloch Pier. Gala days in 1965 in the Christie Park Alexandria with all of the displays and events and Bonhill Gala Day of 1969 with all of the floats and pageants 1970’s and local talent including Jean Graham’s Choir, Stewarts, School of Dancing. 1981 and a cruise on the Maid of the Loch which sadly was the last time that she sailed before tying up at Balloch pier on 21st September 1981.We visit Luss Highland Games 16th June1982 with all of its events, piping and dancing.We remember with fondness and maybe some sadness changes within the Vale including the closure and demolition of some familiar landmarks like Bridge Street Church and the new “Rainbow” Bonhill Bridge and many more changes. We see the Maid of the Loch much restored and out of the water for the first time in 25 years and looking good. Running Time 55mins Narrated by Colin M Liddell Total Running Time 220mins. Region Free SAVE £15.87 versus purchase of individual DVD volumes below.
Price: £39.99
OUT OF STOCK - Book Memories of the Vale Alexandria Balloch Jamestown Bonhill Renton
OUT OF STOCK "Memories of The Vale" 1940 - 1950 A intriguing and fascinating account of the Vale of Leven by former resident, local historian and "Vale Man" the late Colin M. Liddell in which he invites us take an enthralling tour of the Vale of Leven and surrounding places during the last century and more. Recall and rediscover scenes of once well known streets, places and landmarks including early views of "The Bawbee" Bridge, The "Old Red Row" at The Craft Gate, Alexandria Main Street and "The Fountain" at it was in 1910. Includes many of the town's sporting teams and achievements covering football, Vale of Leven and Veterans Bowling Club, Renton Bowling Club, cricket and cycling clubs not forgetting the famous Vale of Leven Scottish Cup Winners of 1876,77, 78, 70 and World Football Champions Renton of 1988. This touching and personal account of the Vale is sure to bring back many memories and images to mind with scenes of local businesses and shops including Angus The Bakers, The Buttercup Dairy Co., Alex Munro the Butchers, The Fountain Dairy, Peter Weirs Licensed Grocers and many more. With plenty of local faces of days gone by including local residents, councillors and even class photo's from Alexandria Main Street School you are sure to find a familiar trail of faces, places and events. This book unfortunately is no longer in print and we have only a limited number of copies remaining. Author & Publisher Colin M Liddell
Price: £13.95
DVD Memories of the Vale of Leven Alexandria Dunbartonshire Part 1 of 4 1945-1955
The lovely valley..."There's a Valley nestles neatly neath the shadow of the hills. Its beauty and its splendour with joy my bosom thrills. If you ask the lonely exile, who has left it for a while. To name the spot he loves the best, he'll answer with a smile. It's the Valley, the Lovely Valley, where the Leven flows". Rare footage reveals scenes, places and events from the late 1940's to the early 1950's of The Vale of Leven and its towns and places including Alexandria, Balloch, Renton, Loch Lomond and Bonhill. Running time 55mins
Price: £13.99
DVD Memories of the Vale of Leven Alexandria Part 2 of 4 1945-1960
“They may sing o'green mountains an' clear sparkling fountains. Or boast o'fair waters beyond the blue sea. But they never, no never, the union can sever. That lies, Lovely Valley,'tween this bosom and thee.” Continuing the unique and fascinating look back at life, places and events in The Vale of Leven during the late 40’s and early 50’s here rare footage reveals scenes, places in and around the Vale of Leven, Balloch, Bonhill and Loch Lomond during these post war years. We share and relive key events including The Vale during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1952, the Coronation year of 1953 with all of the decorations, flags, street parties and we share the match and famous victory when The Vale of Leven won the Scottish cup at Hampden Park in 1953 in front of a crowd of 58,000. Recall scenes of local landmarks including The Christie Park in the 1952 Jubilee celebrations with Bonhill Pipe Band, RNBR concerts in the Bandstand and dancing displays from Stuarts School of Dancing. Rekindle memories of well known places around the Vale including Davidsons Stores, Bank Street, Burnbrae, Bonhill’s “new” prefabs, Naperston Road and Levenbank Terrace and Bridge Street as they were in 1953. Also features visits to The Veterans and Vale of Leven Bowling Clubs, Loch Amateur Lomond Rowing Club and Millburn’s Annual Athletic Club meeting and many more places, faces and events as we journey back in the Vale’s history. Whether you once lived or continue to live in or around “The Beautiful Valley” of the Vale of Leven, Alexandria you are sure to find something here to stir and rekindle fond and happy memories of the Vale of Leven as it was during this period in this rare record. Narrated by Iain Anderson BBC Scotland Running time 55mins
Price: £13.99
DVD Memories of the Vale of Leven Alexandria Part 3 of 4 1950-1975
“Oh, where is the land that can boast aught so fair. As the Queen of Scotch lakes, ‘midst our pure mountain air? Tis not the Rhine Valley that any could even to the beautiful scenes of the Vale of Leven.” James Shanks From our private film archives we are able to share with you this rare and unique look back into the places, events and scenes in and around The Vale of Leven, Bonhill, Renton and Balloch between the mid 1950’s and late 1970’s. The 1950’s sees us arriving by steam train for example at Renton Station to revisit the “Roxy Picture House”, Tontine, Veterans and Renton Bowling Clubs, join Bonhill Pipe Band as they lead a parade through Renton to Renton Parish Church. Strathleven Industrial estates where Westclox, Burroughs and Wiseman’s are some of the key local employers. We witness later in this journey some of the subsequent redevelopment of Renton including the demolition and replacement of Renton Public School and the demolition of the Cordale housing estate. We continue our journey back in time visiting Bonhill’s then newly built “pre-Fab” houses, Dillichip Terrace and Bonhill Parish Church. Some of the local businesses we visit along the way may jog some happy memories, Biaji’s Fish and Chips, Busby Wood’s Cosy Corner and MacLeans the newsagent . Bank Street Alexandria still boasts The Strand and Hall Cinemas and we have the chance to catch sight of the steam train from Glasgow leaving the Vale station where its next stop is Jamestown and Jamestown Parish Church. Here catch the 137 Bus at Jamestown heading up Cook Road where we visit Haldane School and Haldane Community and Shopping Centre. The late 1950’s see us at arriving by steam train at Drumkinnon Bay Balloch to catch a cruise on the Paddle Steamer “Maid of the Loch” where we climb aboard for our scenic sail to Balmaha, Rowerdennnan, Inversnaid and Tarbert where the large crowds await the Maid’s arrival to take them back to Balloch. These are but a few samples of the nostalgic and precious memories and scenes from this unique account of part of the history of The Vale of Leven. Whether you once lived or continue to live in or around “The Beautiful Valley” of The Vale of Leven, Alexandria you are sure to find something here to stir and rekindle fond and happy memories of the Vale of Leven as it was during this period in this rare archive and fascinating account of the local area. Narrated by Mark Gray Running time 55mins
Price: £13.99
DVD Memories of the Vale of Leven Alexandria Part 4 of 4 1950-2000
From our private film archives we are proud to share with you this rare and unique look back into the places, events and scenes in and around The Vale of Leven, Bonhill, Renton and Balloch between the 1950 and 2000. The Vale of Leven, the “Beautiful Valley” has seen many changes and events during its history, in this unique and fascinating account we want to share with you some of the nostalgic memories, events and places during this period of the Vale of Leven’s history. Beginning with a reminder in the early 50’s of then key employers Wiseman’s, Burroughs and Westclox General Time when at 5 o’clock the crowds head homeward across the “New Bridge” at Renton at the end of their shift. 1953 and the Vale celebrates the Queen’s Coronation in style with streets decked in bunting and street parties in full swing. 1955 and a fire at “Black’s Farm”, Argyll Street. 1960 at Balloch Station where the last of the steam trains pulls in to allow passengers to board, including members and bikes of the Loch Lomond Motor Cycle Club who are heading for a tour of the continent. 1962 sees the opening of a brand new Vale of Leven Academy with the previous academy now becoming Christie Park Primary School. 1963 sees walkers, motor bikes and prams walking across Loch Lomond which has completely frozen over leaving the Maid of the Loch icebound at Balloch Pier. We revisit golden summer Gala days in 1965 in the Christie Park Alexandria with all of the displays and events and Bonhill Gala Day of 1969 with all of the floats and pageants departing from Ladyton. 1970’s and we are reminded of some of the local talent including Jean Graham’s Choir, Stewarts, School of Dancing and many others. 1981 we are taking a cruise on the Maid of the Loch which sadly was the last time that she sailed before tying up at Balloch pier on 21st September, 1981. 1982 sees the “Countess of Breadalbane” (built at William Denny’s 1936) brought to Drumkinnon Bay assembled renamed “Countess Fiona” and launched on 24th May, 1982. We visit Luss Highland Games 16th June, 1982 with all of its events, piping and dancing on a beautiful summer’s day. We remember with fondness and maybe some sadness some of the changes within the Vale during this period including the closure and demolition of some of the many familiar landmarks including Bridge Street Church, The completion of the new “Rainbow” Bonhill Bridge, fire damage to the Vale of Leven Academy and Ladyton School and the demolition of the Alexandria or Griffin Hotel. We do however see the results of the tremendous work done by volunteers as the Maid of the Loch is seen much restored as she is out of the water for the first time in 25 years and looking good. During these 50 years the Vale of Leven has seen many changes, some for the good, some not so good but many precious things still remain and one of them is the magnificent scenery and landscape that surrounds the Vale of Leven making it still “The Lovely Valley” These are but a few samples of the nostalgic and precious memories and scenes from this unique account of part of the history of The Vale of Leven. Whether you once lived or continue to live in or around “The Beautiful Valley” of The Vale of Leven, Alexandria you are sure to find something here to stir and rekindle fond and happy memories of the Vale of Leven as it was during this period in this rare archive and fascinating account of the local area. Narrated by Colin M Liddell Running time 70 mins
Price: £13.99
The Coronation (King Edward Street Celebrations Alexandria DVD, 1953)
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Union of South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon took place on 2 June 1953. Elizabeth ascended the thrones of these countries at age 25, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterwards. The coronation was delayed for more than a year because of the tradition that such a festival was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign. In the ceremony itself, Elizabeth swore an oath to uphold the laws of her nations and to govern the Church of England. Celebrations took place and a commemorative medal was issued throughout the Commonwealth realms. This is an absolutely compelling and fascinating insight into the celebrations of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 by the residents of The Vale of Leven. This beautiful rare colour archive provides us with a wonderful and intimate window into the atmosphere, events and faces as we are invited to share in the street parties, activities and events of The Vale of Leven during this time. The streets are adorned with flags, bunting and trestle tables spread with tea, cakes and goodies as Vale residents old and young all gather to mark this exciting occasion. Children are dressed in fancy dress costumes and the whole street turns out to participate in the food, fun and games. Adults and children are presented with commemorative medals or gifts to mark this historic occasion. Just how many faces in the crowds can you identify with as we revisit these happy times. The Christie Park Alexandria in full summer bloom provides the venue for a summer day of laughter, games and activities for all including parent races, football and much more. This beautiful film captures the many, many faces and characters of the day from babies to grandparents and is a real time capsule containing amazing scenes and images of The Vale of Leven’s rich history and past. Whether you are or were once a local resident or have friends or family living in the area of The Vale of Leven then you are guaranteed to find something of interest here. Running Time 18 mins
Price: £12.99
The Boys' Brigade 1st Alexandria Company "In Good Company" DVD 1943 - 1953
According to records 1st Alexandria Company was formed in Bonhill, but for the greater part of its existence it was based in Alexandria North Church in Bank Street Alexandria. It is from this base that our record of events begins. This film captures a chapter in the history of the company from 1943 to 1953 approximately. This initial part is devoted to company activities both indoor and outdoor and the second part deals with the many summer camps. This is a unique visual account of one of the many highly popular and successful companies from this era in the long history of the Boys' Brigade. Running time tbc
Price: £13.99
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