Charity book based on 60s film Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

Ron Disney with his book Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - Then And Now. Photo: Peter Whalley.

Ron Disney with his book Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - Then And Now. Photo: Peter Whalley.

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A Skegness man has produced a book for charity based on an iconic British film, examining how its setting has changed in the 55 years since its release.

Semi-retired photographer Ron Disney, 73, has spent more than two years making Saturday Night And Sunday Morning - Then And Now a reality.

The books sees him go to the shooting locations of the 1960 Nottingham-set film Saturday Night And Sunday Morning and photograph how the landscape has changed in the intervening years.

To achieve this, Ron, who is originally from Nottingham, used a period Ordnance Survey map to pinpoint where the camera was placed for the recording of scenes; he was helped by a resident who lived in the area where the film is based at the time it was made.

In addition to this artistic challenge, Ron had to acquire the rights to use stills from the film for the book.

Ron said he was inspired to produce the book by seeing how much of the film’s setting had been destroyed and not re-developed since the film was released, saying: “It sort of angered me.”

Ron’s photographs have been complemented by memories of people who lived or worked in the area at the time, including some who allowed their homes and businesses to be using for filming.

To mark the book’s launch, Ron organised a screening of Saturday Night And Sunday Morning in Nottingham.

It was attended by Ruth Sillitoe, the widow of Alan Sillitoe who wrote the book on which the film was based.

Ron said: “I was very privileged for her to even consider coming up.”

Ron was helped with the finished format of the book by friend Vera Whalley, of Chapel St Leonards.

Proceeds from its sale go to the British Film Institute and the National Animal Trust.

To order a copy, call Ron on 01754 766587. It is priced at £9, with £2.70 for post and packaging.