The history of Newton will be explored during the next virtual talk hosted by Surrey Archives, which plans future sessions about Guildford and South Surrey later this fall.
The free, hour-long online event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Microsoft Teams conference platform, featuring photos, audio recordings, film and more.
Organized by decade, the talk will delve into some of the people, businesses and events that shaped one of Surrey’s most populous neighbourhoods. Among the topics covered are Newton Plaza, Princess Margaret Secondary School, the Newton Day Festival and Vaisakhi celebrations.
Highlights include recorded audio from the opening ceremonies for the Surrey Drive-In Theatre in 1950, which served as a go-to spot for outdoor moviegoers for more than 30 years.
The recent past is vividly brought to life through digitized video footage showing the opening ceremonies for the 1989 BC Summer Games held at Bear Creek Park.
“This is a unique opportunity for residents of all ages to learn, reminisce and share their memories of Newton together,” said archivist Chelsea Bailey.
“All of our talks incorporate audience participation, so anyone who has registered will be invited to share their own memories of Newton at designated points throughout the session,” Bailey added. “Whether you are a newcomer to Newton or a long-time resident, there’s something new to learn in this talk.”