Film ID: YFA 3134 Video of YFA_3134 Bring 'em Back Alive BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE 1957 Visitor TabsDescription Betty and Cyril Ramsden often turned their holidays into opportunities to film local traditions and customs. Here they do so in 1957 at Seahouses, in Northumberland, famous for its crab and lobster fishing. With their usual eye for detail, the Ramsdens gives us a real bird’s eye view, from on their boats, of the fishermen as they bring in their haul of live crabs. The Ramsdens were semi-professional filmmakers filming both for pleasure and taking on commissions from companies such as the Yorkshire Evening Post. Title-Bring 'em back alive. The film opens at a small harbour side where men stand and gut fish before placing them into boxes that are filled with ice. A fishing boat sails into the harbour, and the men continue to gut more fish. The trawler is then tied up, and barrels of fish are pulled onto the dock from it. Another boat comes in, and a child pulls a rope that has been thrown from the boat to him. The boat called the `Children's Friend' moves up to the dock side and the sailor then secures it. The final boat to arrive brings in boxes of live crabs. Men in white plastic pinafores and white Wellington boots drag the crates of crabs up the side of the pier wall. The crabs are then put into various boxes, weighed and put into barrels with sacking cloth secured over the top. Title-The End Context Fish are being gutted as fishing boats return with live crabs into a lovely harbour on the Northumberland coast, and load them into baskets. Betty and Cyril Ramsden, two of Yorkshire’s finest filmmakers, often turned their holidays into opportunities to film local traditions and customs, and here they do so in 1957 at Seahouses, in Northumberland, famous for its crab and lobster fishing. With their usual eye for detail, the Ramsdens gives us a real bird’s eye view, from on their boats, of the fishermen as they bring in their haul of live crabs. Betty and Cyril Ramsden, prominent members of Leeds Cine Club, began making their large collection of films in 1945 and continued into the mid-1960s. Cyril had a dental practice in Headingley. Although fishing for crab and lobsters continues today, the small village is now better known as a place from where to visit the nearby delights of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle and to see seals and puffins on and around the Farne Islands. The boat seen in the film, Children's Friend, was still active in 1986 when the BBC launched its Domesday Reloaded project. In the 1960s fishing trawlers operated out of Seahouses, but this came to an end around 2003.