Dusty old film cans found in attic turn out to be world's first ever DASHCAM footage which captures Hull in all its glory 50 years ago
- Pub landlady Maud Mellors drove around Hull with son Peter in 1960s
- The video has emerged half a century later after it was found in an attic
- She was testing out her new camera ahead of a trip to Australia in 1969
- Ms Mellors had filmed various parts of city as she sat in passenger seat
A bag full of old cine films turned out to contain what could be the world's first dashcam footage which captures Hull half a century ago.
Pub landlady Maud Mellors drove around the centre of the city in East Yorkshire with her son Peter in the late 1960s and filmed everything she saw.
The video has now emerged nearly 50 years later after her grandson Nick Mellors, 52, found the reels in an attic and developed the footage.
Filming: Maud Mellors drove around the centre of Hull with her son Peter in the late 1960s
On camera: A bag of old cine films contained what could be the world's first dashcam footage
Street view: The video has emerged nearly 50 years later after her grandson found the reels
Life in colour: After Nick Mellors discovered the reels in an attic, he developed the footage
Family: Maud Mellors drove around the city centre with her son Peter (pictured together)
He believes his grandmother was testing out her new camera ahead of a trip to Australia in 1969, but never got round to developing the footage.
And Mr Mellors said: ‘I was hunting for something in the attic at my mum’s house when I came across this bag full of cine films. There must have been about 30.
‘I got them all developed - it took about a week - and there were a few snippets of my brother and I playing football when we were younger.
‘I then saw this footage of her and my dad driving around Hull, it was like a time capsule.’
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Video: It is believed that Ms Mellors filmed the footage ahead of a trip to Australia in 1969
Trial: Mr Mellors believes his grandmother was testing out her new camera in the late 1960s
Experiment: Ms Mellors had filmed various parts of the city as she sat in the passenger seat
Ms Mellors had filmed various parts of the city as she sat in the passenger seat.
Mr Mellors, who is a quality controller for a reprographics company, added: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic to see the city as it was half a century ago.
‘It was quite a novel idea for them to do, and it’s been forgotten about for the best part of 50 years. Nowadays people just use dashcams to make claims really.
‘But this is just so nostalgic. I hark back to those days with the old cars - it captures the innocence of Hull. Now the city has just been butchered.’
Gone but not forgotten: Ms Mellors died in the 1980s, but Mr Mellors remembers her fondly
On the road: Mr Mellors said it was 'fantastic to see the city as it was half a century ago'
Unusual: Mr Mellors said the filming experiment was 'quite a novel idea for them to do'
Out the window: Mr Mellors said the video 'captures the innocence' of the East Yorkshire city
Pub landlady: Ms Mellors drove around Hull city centre with her son Peter (pictured together)
'Harsh but fair landlady': Ms Mellors was said to have been 'a complete and utter character'
Ms Mellors died in the late 1980s, but Mr Mellors remembers her fondly.
He said: ‘Her husband left her shortly after she had her two children and she just made her own way in life. She was a complete and utter character, and a harsh but fair landlady.’
Hull was once Britain's third largest port, but it suffered badly after the decline of the fishing industry in the 1970s and became the country's poorest city.
However the city is attempting to bounce back and will be the UK City of Culture next year, while its football team Hull City is now back in the Premier League.
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