John Clark talks about John Huntley
As an engineer I've always been
very interested in things that move
and of course John Huntley
started bringing his archvie films here.
He used to bring films here
on many different subjects.
I was particularly interested in
tram, cars, trains and buses
and those he used to bring regularly
and it was always a good evening.
John Huntley came here from the 1980s
through to his death in 2003.
And the Huntley Film Archives
are fairly famous.
These days they are in Hereford
and his daughter Amanda
runs the business now,
although in those days it was him
and his daughter running the business,
but John was the showman.
He was the one who would sit
on the corner of the stage
and go through explaining
all the films he was showing.
and we had varying subjects from
trams, trolleybuses, cars, buses.
Then he went into theatre organs
and he talked about them.
He did a big talk on the Crystal Palace,
another connection with 1936 of course
because Crystal palace burnt down in 1936
and when John himself couldn't have
the absolute total amount of knowledge
he needed on the subject
he brought in people,
and the Croydon historian
John Gent often used to appear with him.