NOSTALGIC pictures which capture much loved memories from days gone by have been discovered by local historians.

Intriguing old photographs of life over the past century are going on display for one day only this Saturday.

Goostrey Parish Archive is mounting the first public show for almost two years after closure due to coronavirus with a display of the business life of the past.

During the pandemic, residents shopped local and supported the village more than ever.

This free exhibition is one of the Goosfest events to celebrate everyone's appreciation of local shops and trades during the crisis.

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A large number of the images are from the unique Smallwood Collection gathered over decades by Jean Smallwood and her late husband, Colin, parents of archive member Stewart.

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Church cottages and St Luke's church and Red Lion in the 1900s Picture: Smallwood Collection

The couple worked together on recording the village during the past 100 years and Jean's book Goostrey Remembered is the definitive guide to life as it was with its rich source of recollections and photographs.

Stewart, who has organised the display with the help of archive members, said it will show many fascinating pictures as well as words and artefacts relating to shops and businesses in the village.

"Even many older residents will be amazed at how self-sufficient Goostrey was for centuries and how much of the commercial life has been lost," said Stewart.

"There are far fewer shops now despite the growth in the population since the expansion of the village in the last 50 years, but with the advent of home working during lockdown it has been very active again commercially.

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A shopper outside Hurstfield's former bakery and shop Picture: Smallwood Collection

"Most business premises had multiple uses over the years and how many know today that Goostrey once had two petrol stations and more than a dozen other businesses that have given way to private housing."

The village still has a number of thriving commercial enterprises and two pubs that continue to play a vital role in the life of the community but nowhere as near as many as over a century ago.

Historic pictures from the archive's extensive collection will go on show in the conservatory at the Crown Inn, from 10am to 4pm on October 2.

The archive is keen to add more pictures and memories and on the day will offer to scan, copy or record photographs and memories brought for inclusion in the expanding collection held at the village hall.