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Historic film screening shows 200 years of life on Union Street

Historic film screening shows 200 years of life on Union Street

A film commissioned to celebrate the bicentenary of Union Street will be screened this weekend in Aberdeen.

No Mean Street – Union Street 200 will be shown on Saturday and Sunday at Belmont Filmhouse as part of the Celebrate Aberdeen weekend festivities taking place at various venues across the city centre.

The film, written and directed by Alan White, was commissioned by Aberdeen City Council in 1994 to celebrate 200 years since an act of parliament authorised the construction of Aberdeen’s main thoroughfare.

Starring local ex-drama teacher, actor and stand-up comedian Ally Dunbar as Doctor Kelly, it follows the time-travelling architect as he guides viewers into the past and present history of the street.

The film also features the song Abercrombie’s Dream by Old Blind Dogs, whose lyrics tell the story of the eponymous civil engineer who came up with the street’s design.

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It was shown daily during the Union Street 200 celebrations over four months in 1994 in a temporary exhibition and cinema that utilised the arches within Union Terrace Gardens.

The revival is happening with the support of business organisation Aberdeen Inspired, with local filmmaker Roy Stewart, whose short video on the city went viral online earlier this year, also forming part of the programme across the weekend.

A wee tour of Aberdeen from Roy Stewart on Vimeo.

Gary Craig, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Both No Mean Street – Union Street 200 and Roy’s video on Aberdeen give an insight into the past and present of the city.

"We’re delighted to be able to play a role in bringing them to the big screen this weekend.

“Aberdeen has so many aspects that are worth celebrating – from its landscape and heritage to the charities, groups and volunteers that work so tirelessly for the benefit of the city.

"So we’re really looking forward to a weekend of showcasing what is great about the place so many of us live and work within.”

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The film will be shown at Belmont Filmhouse on Saturday at 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Tickets are free and are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Further information on Celebrate Aberdeen events is available here.

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