First colour video of Arbroath online

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A video showing how the town centre looked over 30 years ago has recently appeared on online.

The video entitled ‘Arbroath High Street 1982’ was posted on Youtube last Friday and has since been viewed over 1,000 times and been ‘shared’ on Facebook over 2,000 times through various user accounts as well as having almost 45,000 views.

Originally filmed from the sunroof of a Honda Prelude as the introduction to a wedding video during the summer of 1982 and 1983, the footage shows Arbroath High Street in the early 1980s.

With multiple businesses that are no longer in operation, more pedestrians and a two-way traffic system, the video is a startling reminder of just how much the town has changed.

Buildings that can be seen include the disused Arbroath Bed Centre, formerly a garage, multiple grocers and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, previously Giddings & Lewis Fraser Social Club.

Also briefly seen in the video is a side-by-side comparison of Brothock Bridge from 2013.

At four minutes and fifty eight seconds in length, the video is sure to provide a nostalgic feeling to older folk while also giving younger people who are unaware of how the town used to function a chance to see how it looked before they were born.

George Park who edited this, the first colour footage of Arbroath, kept a record of how prices of various sundries have changed over the course of 33 years. Prices for a pack of Benson and Hedges have risen considerably from 98p, a pound of butter cost 80p, pears cost 20p a pound and milk has actually dropped.

Mr Park has more archive footage from his time in Arbroath that he is currently in the process of editing for release in the coming weeks.