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WATCH: Paola is almost unrecognisable in this decades-old footage
Just when is this footage from?

Francesca Xuereb

Curious about what Paola (Raħal Ġdid) looked like way back when?

Well, this video posted to social media by Malta Audio Visual Memories gives some interesting insight into what everyday life in this southern town was actually like.

The clip starts off by following some cars as they travel through Paola’s streets, until they reach the village square. Here you can see some old shop signs and a lot more trees.

Upon seeing this clip, many took to the comments section to hark back to their hometown’s ‘good old days’ – but when is this footage even from?

While the Facebook Page doesn’t provide an exact date for the footage, some have estimated that the clips could date back to the 1960s or early 70s.

 

 Malta Audio Visual Memories/Facebook

This might be the case, because the number plates seen on the cars in the video are only made up of numbers – letters would only be added to number plates in later years.

At certain points during the video, one can also see the largest serving church in Malta: the Basilica of Christ the King, which is also the fifth-largest serving church in Europe.

The church was built between 1923 and completed in 1959, with construction having had to stop during World War II. It was first used as a Parish Church in 1936, was consecrated in 1967, and designated as a Major Basilica by Pope Francis in 2020.

 Do you remember Paola in the past?

 Malta Audio Visual Memories/Facebook

23rd September 2022


Francesca Xuereb
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Francesca Xuereb
Equipped with puns and references galore, Francesca is a writer who's interested in almost anything and everything. When not creating or consuming memes, she can probably be found listening to music, playing video games, reading, and going down endless Internet rabbit holes.

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