Film ID: YFA 5240 Video of YFA_5240 Captain Cook's County 1956 CAPTAIN COOK’S COUNTY 1957 Visitor TabsDescription This is a film made by Harry Burgess, the owner of Thornton Mill in Thornton le Dale. It shows scenes around Middlesbrough, baking and a York City football match at Bootham Crescent. The film begins with a man entering Captain Cook’s School Room and Museum. It then shows Roseberry Topping, a village and views over the moors. There are potash mines and workers coming out of a large factory, possibly a steelworks, and getting on buses marked ‘Workmen’. Then we see a colliery. A Burgess van is parked by the sea front at a small seaside resort, where a sailing boat is being backed into the sea by a tractor. Further along the beach there is a playground, with children on boat swings. The Burgess van pulls away past “Rea’s Creamy Ices shop”. People are seated on benches along the sea front. Elsewhere there is a steelworks in the distance. Pedestrians and cars are transported across the River Tees on the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough. There is a view looking down from on top of the bridge, and from where can be seen the docks and factories. A man (Mr Burgess?) walks along a street in Middlesbrough, and the Burgess van drives past the Town Hall where people are sat in the adjoining gardens. The film moves on to a traction Rally at Thornton-le-Dale. The steam traction engines do a tour of a field, watched by spectators. They line up and have a race. The next section of the film features a York City FC match where the players come out onto the field and line up for a photo shot. A good deal of the match is filmed from behind one of the goals, including a goal by York City. Many of the crowd are filmed at half-time. In the second half the opposition, wearing blue shirts, white shorts and red and white socks, score from a penalty. At the end of the match the players walk off. A small boy wearing a York City football kit and holding a bag of Burgess Flour stands in front of a poster displaying the FA Cup 5th fixture of York City v Tottenham Hotspurs, from the previous season, and the cup final between Blackpool and Bolton. [Back Row: Billy Fenton, Gordon Brown, George Howe, Tommy Forgan, Peter Wragg, Jim Cairney Front Row: Billy Hughes, Arthur Bottom, Ernie Phillips (capt), Ron Mollatt, Norman Wilkinson Goalscorer Norman Wilkinson and by process of elimination, it's likely the game is 2-1 win v Crewe Alexandra on 6th April 1957.] The film moves on to a woman making a jam swiss roll sponge with Burgess self-raising flour and then some cheese scones using a Burgess cookery book. Context A thriving post-war Teesside with workers crossing Middlesbrough’s iconic Transporter Bridge, and York City displaying fine dribbling skills at a packed Bootham Crescent. As the Burgess flour van does its rounds, a chance to see Middlesbrough and the famous Transporter Bridge in operation back in the 1950s. Further out is the equally famous Roseberry Topping with collieries and potash mines that have passed into history. There is also some wonderful film of a York City match, showing just how fast and skilful football could be back in 1956, and how big the crowds were, with a not insignificant number of cheering women supporters among them. This is a film made by Harry Burgess, who took over the Victory Mill in Thornton le Dale, working since the 13th century, in 1947, although the Burgess family were millers for over 300 years. Originally producing their famous Gold Medal flour, the Burgess Group plc now focus on animal food. Many of the places in the film haven’t been identified, and doubtless some will have closed in the meantime. The York City game is 2-1 win v Crewe Alexandra on 6th April 1957. Although York have dropped a division since then (as of 2014-15), at that time they averaged 11,000 for a home crowd, as against about 3,000 today.