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Swaffham video wins £1,000 prize in national competition at Birmingham




Telling the story of Swaffham and its marketplace through a video resulted in a prize of £1,000 for Christmas lighting in the town.

After Sue Dent, project officer for Swaffham Town Council, became aware of a national film competition, a team was entered which was led by deputy mayor Keith Sandle and councillor Les Scott.

The rules stated the films should be no longer than 10 minutes and captured on a mobile phone.

Keith Sandle and Les Scott during the presentation in Birmingham
Keith Sandle and Les Scott during the presentation in Birmingham

And the film, which highlighted various landmarks in Swaffham, centred around the marketplace, was announced as joint third on the presentation evening in Birmingham earlier this month.

The Swaffham video came up against entrants from Merseyside, Chippenham and other parts of the country, having earned a top ten finalist spot.

Mr Sandle said the video could be re-used in the town.

Cheque presentation after the Swaffham team was announced as finishing in third place
Cheque presentation after the Swaffham team was announced as finishing in third place

He said: “The Swaffham museum has videos available in the foyer so it is something we can use there.

“The video was a really well-organised process from start to finish. Sue Dent found it and said it was something we should do, so we ran with it.”

No decision has been made on what to do with the lights yet, but it is set to be discussed at a Market, Events and Tourism Committee meeting this month.

Pictured from left to right are Swaffham councillor Les Scott and deputy mayor, councillor Keith Sandle
Pictured from left to right are Swaffham councillor Les Scott and deputy mayor, councillor Keith Sandle

The film, which was entitled ‘Swaffham, a rather splendid and lovely place to live’ was edited and scripted by computer engineer Wayne Griffiths.


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