Archive Guttmann images will be shown on giant TV screens in Aylesbury and Stoke Mandeville

Above Guttmann at the spinal injuries unit. Below, Guttmann at the 1964 games in Japan. All images courtesy of Cliff Productions, WheelPower and IWASF
Above Guttmann at the spinal injuries unit. Below, Guttmann at the 1964 games in Japan. All images courtesy of Cliff Productions, WheelPower and IWASF
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Rare footage of the founder of the Paralympic movement will be shown on giant TV screens next week.

A short film about Sir Ludwig Guttmann will be shown at both Aylesbury town centre’s flame celebration and the closed-door Stoke Mandeville flame-forging ceremony on Tuesday.

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It has been created by Aston Clinton-based filmmaker Darren Cliff, who was commissioned by Bucks County Council to create a film telling the story of Guttmann.

Mr Cliff said: “I have been working on this for six-eight weeks now, we had over 30 hours of archive footage.

“I have footage from Stoke Mandeville Hospital from 1948, there are shots of Guttmann when he first arrived at the hospital to set up the Spinal Injuries Unit and footage of the wards.

“There is footage of Guttmann treating patients and exercising them, with them doing very basic sport such as playing netball and table tennis.

“Then it charts the history right through to the current day and shows that the Paralympics have come home.

“My brief was to make us proud of our heritage and it has been an honour.”