Actor from Long Buckby re-lives film star past

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A FORMER actor has rediscovered his famous roots thanks to a digital course designed to help older people get online.

Douglas Barr, 82, who lives at Daventry and District Housing’s (DDH) Greenhill Court in Long Buckby, used the Spring Online event to hunt out pictures of his film star past, including his role as Alec in the 1947 much-acclaimed Hue and Cry movie.

He said: “As a complete newcomer I really enjoyed the event. I had the immense pleasure of finding a photograph of myself aged 15 when I featured in the film.”

Mr Barr, who also featured in a number of other films in the early 50s, was joined by 11 other older residents from four of DDH’s sheltered schemes.

In addition to exploring images and Google those attending also played a Nintendo Wii game and took part in a Skype chat.

Community development officer at DDH Sarah Sims said: “The event was very successful and we achieved a relaxed environment for the group to find out about areas of interest and develop their online skills.

“We were able to help solve some of the problems the residents were having with their computers as well as encouraging some residents who had never been online before.

“Getting online can help build confidence, reduce isolation and also help residents save money with better shopping offers and comparison sites. So we are delighted to have helped 12 people start their technical journey.”