In 1967 Dulwich celebrated its 1000th anniversary with a wide range of festivities which included a pageant watched by an estimated 15,000 people at Belair, Gallery Road, a procession of fifty bands and floats, a big evening music concert, also at Belair. The celebrations concluded with a grand firework finale. Numerous Dulwich schools took part in the pageant and also in an art competition and there was a display of the work at the then newly opened North Peckham Civic Centre. Many children also embarked on a Dulwich history project. A special post box was placed in the Village and a commemorative handstamp marked the Millennium - today these turn up as collectors’ items on EBay.
Only a few weeks before the pageant and procession of 19th June 1967, a local group of enthusiasts attending a film-making class at Kingswood House decided to film the event. What they produced was a remarkable record of that one day. Teenagers who took part in 1967 are now old age pensioners! The 23 minute film was remastered by the Dulwich Society three years ago and copies of the DVD have since sold out. Now it can be accessed on YouTube by Googling Dulwich Society on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-DLcin3Ybs