A SHOW which was popular at the turn of last century will be returning to Shirley for the first time in almost 100 years.
Former Mayor Coun John Reeve, has unearthed the Magic Lantern – a type of projector which was hugely popular before the invention of cinema.
He discovered the original equipment languishing in his loft, unused and forgotten for many decades.
But now Coun Reeve has dusted off the device and will be taking it back to the Shirley Institute – a local venue where shows used to be held.
The Magic Lantern show will be the centrepiece of a nostalgic event on Sunday.
Visitors to the Stratford Road building can enjoy a trip down memory lane – with old photos, memorabilia and many antiquities on display.
Local couple Ann and Malcolm Turner are looking forward to the event, which harkens back to the early days of the Institute – which was built in the 1900s.
And Malcolm, who recently became chairman of the Shirley Residents’ Association, said it would be a valuable way of raising money for the areas Christmas Lights fund.
Visitors are welcome to the Shirley Institute between 2.30pm and 5.20pm.