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John Huntley Mourned

1 August 2003

 

More than a hundred friends, family and colleagues gathered at BAFTA on August 28th to share memories and pay tribute to John Huntley who sadly died early in August at the age of 82.

It was an informal reception allowing those who shared John's passion for film and transport history to mingle with those who had met him through work and enjoyed his jovial, gentlemanly nature, his story telling and endless knowledge.

Those who stayed on were treated to the showing of a 1966 documentary "It Began in Brighton" directed by Tristram Powell and produced by Melvyn Bragg. It included John Huntley in his prime, enthusiastically presenting a fascinating study of Brighton's early film pioneers (1896-1902), including G A Smith and Esme Collins. A true gem!

Our thoughts go out to Amanda Huntley and her sister Suzi who feel his loss so deeply.

(The next issue of ARCHIVE ZONES will feature a personal tribute from archive researcher, Tony Dalton)