WCTV NEWS & NOTES: Check Out WCTV’s YouTube Archives With Hundreds Of Wilmington Videos From 80’s & 90’s

The below announcement was submitted by Shaun Neville, Executive Director of Wilmington Community Television (WCTV):

WILMINGTON, MA — You just never know what you’ll find in the WCTV archive.

In 1995, the Wilmington Strings Attached group hosted a group of students from Great Britain. It was described as a “music exchange program” to bring together students separated by the Atlantic Ocean.

The VHS tape from their visit was just uncovered last week in our storage bins. We dusted off the tape, digitized the footage and put up on YouTube. It’s in pretty good shape considering the age.  As many might remember, the trip included a welcome ceremony, a stop at the State House and concerts around the school department.

We thought our Wilmington audience would enjoy reliving these memories. But we didn’t stop there.

WCTV’s Youth and Content Coordinator Ryan Malyar searched to see if there was a Facebook Community Page for Holmfirth, England. Yes, it exists! He signed in and got permission the post the link with the back-story.

The post was instantly flooded with likes and comments. A person who was part of the program thanked us for finding the clips; someone spotted their daughter in the footage; another person remembered their classmates going on the trip. The teacher who helped organize things from England even got tagged. The YouTube video now has hundreds of views.

We often talk about how anyone can watch WCTV online. We usually mean a grandparent can see their kid’s football game or an aunt can watch a concert. It’s not often we post something that has transatlantic appeal.

Congratulations to the organizers of this trip from 25 years ago. Your goal of bringing together two cultures through a shared passion for music is still paying dividends. WCTV is proud to be a platform to make that happen.

Here’s your reminder that WCTV airs content from our archive every Thursday from 12-3PM and 7-10PM (Comcast 9 / Verizon 37). We feature a new video every week and often try to find something that has some timely appeal. Last week, for example, we found a 2013 WHS Girls Basketball Playoff game to celebrate this year’s team winning the league title.

The WCTV YouTube Archive Channel has hundreds of videos dating back to the 1980s. More content is uploaded each week. We welcome folks to check it out and share what you find. We still have hundreds of tapes sitting in storage and will be continuing to digitize Wilmington’s history so that future generations can see what the town was like around the turn of the century.

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