MEP meets young documentary-makers

PUBLISHED: 11:42 13 September 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

Alex Gibson, Richard Howitt MP, Joanna Addison, Joshua and Eve Lucus after the film.	Photo: GEOFF DURRANT.

Alex Gibson, Richard Howitt MP, Joanna Addison, Joshua and Eve Lucus after the film. Photo: GEOFF DURRANT.

MEP Richard Howitt came to Ely on Friday to watch a documentary made by 11 to 15-year-olds about village life in the Fens. Mr Howitt, who represents the East of England in Europe, was a special guest at an advanced screening of Fenland to Dry Land at the

MEP Richard Howitt came to Ely on Friday to watch a documentary made by 11 to 15-year-olds about village life in the Fens.

Mr Howitt, who represents the East of England in Europe, was a special guest at an advanced screening of Fenland to Dry Land at the Babylon Gallery.

Youngsters from Witcham and Mepal filmed the documentary over the summer, interviewing more than 80 people and covering everything from village histories to local stories and modern events.

Mr Howitt said: "It is terrific to see these young people so interested in their villages.

"They've created a superb film, which gives a unique insight into these communities. It's also fantastic to see youngsters engaging with older people and learning from their experiences.

"The children should be really proud of an exceptional piece of work."

The project was supported by a £5,000 European grant.

It was led by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) which organised free professional tuition using funds from Leader+, a programme of European funding which promotes economic and community development in rural areas.

n A premiere of Fenland to Dry Land, will be shown alongside a photographic exhibition at Mepal and Witcham Primary School, on September 28, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are free but people are encouraged to book a place by calling 01353 616991, as seating will be limited.

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