Film ID:
NEFA 20023

COME TO SOUTH WEST DURHAM

1965

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Description

Promotional film by Turners Film Productions for South West Durham Development Joint Committee that documents the attractions of South West Durham as a place to live and work, and outlines the scope for industrial and commercial expansion. The film highlights the area's scenic beauty, country events, heritage, modern architecture, new amenities, educational opportunities, new industries and responsiveness to change. Includes shots of the Shildon-based company Astraka Furs known for its luxurious fur coats, and also faux fur clothing.

The film opens with various shots of crowds of pedestrians crossing a town centre road and on the streets of Newcastle. The film continues with shots of heavy traffic travelling through the city. 

Travelling shot along a country road.

Title: Come To South West Durham

Title: Come To South West Durham - There's Space For Expansion Here

Title: South West Durham Development Joint Committee Invite You To Take A Brief Glimpse At Their Region

Travelling shots along a country road. Views across a a rural landscape of fields and farms and a river.

A graphic map of Britain shows the position of South West Durham. A more detailed map follows showing major cities and rail and road links follows.

Another graphic:

Title: The Area of South West Durham Development Joint Committee

The commentary outlines the background of the South West Durham Development Joint Committee.

Moorland shots of the Barnard Castle rural district follow.

A tractor drives past a row of stone cottages. Another tractor pulling a load of hay bales travels on a single track estate road into the distance. The estate road runs past Raby Castle. The camera pans round and zooms in on a castle. The images show the castle and part of a moat running past the castle walls.

General view of  the River Tees running past Balliol Castle at Barnard Castle. There follow various shots of Barnard Castle including a high angled shot of the covered market building in the centre of town. A view from the market building shows the approaching A67 through the town. A shot follows of a small town house where Charles Dickens once stayed whilst researching 'Nicholas Nickleby'. Another high angle shot shows the old stone buildings of Barnard Castle and in the distance the roof of Bowes Museum. This is followed by a shot of the front of the museum, including the ornate gardens. Interior shots show some of the rich collections on display in the museum.

An exterior shot of a pharmaceutical company factory (Glaxo?). Inside the factory a scientist or lab assistant works with substances in test tubes. Phials of antibiotics come off a production machine. The small bottles are then packed into boxes.

The film moves to a factory in West Auckland, which produces electrical coils.  Another factory, this time an exterior shot of Wilson's at Bishop Auckland, which produces steel castings. An interior shot shows a factory floor where the castings are made, followed by a shot of a  pattern maker at work. The mould is made ready to receive the molten metal. A small electric arc furnace is shown in operation. A visual check of the steel in the furnace is made by workers wearing protective glasses. The steel is tapped and pours into a crucible. The steel is then poured into the mould. Further shots show workers measuring and using milling machines to finely finish castings.

The railway heritage of the area is underlined with a view of a commemorative plaque at Shildon, recording how the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company ran the first steam passenger train service in 1825.

The wagon works in Shildon still manufactures items for the railways. A worker sprays a new engine buffer with paint or another type of protective coating. Another balances a wheel axle, and another repairs a chain by welding. Workers use a special mould to shape a piece of white hot steel by using a drop hammer. Others shape steel with industrial power hammers.

Women in another factory put together the components to make cookers. The factory is based in Spennymoor and is probably Thorn electrical appliances.

Nylon textile manufacturing is another key industry in South West Durham based at Shildon Industrial Estate.Shots of patterned fabric produced at the factory. Here, a worker controls a machine which pulls together lots of nylon filaments to produce the patterned fabric. Huge industrial looms are in action to create textiles from the miles of nylon filament being woven together. Silk screen printing onto the fabric shows how complex and colourful patterns and pictures can be built up in stages.

Another factory at Shildon makes menswear. A range of shots show the sewing together of garments on machines. The finished items are put onto mannequins checked and then hung ready for dispatch.

Again at the Shildon Industrial estate,women's coats and clothing are made from real fur and faux fur at Astraka.  Nylon carpets are also manufactured at Shildon. Machinists sew together fur fabric and natural fur items. Models show off the finished goods.

A complete change of scene as the film shows the wild deer at Whitworth Park near Spennymoor. Various shots of outdoor pursuits follow, including fishing, golf,  an equestrian event in a suburban setting and horse racing (possibly at Sedgefield). Another high angle shot of a racecourse, this time at Redcar.

The film shows the crowds and attractions of Sedgefield agricultural show. Events include equestrian competitions, dog shows, farm animal competitions. Judges look on at the cattle show in order to select a prize winner. Other judges look at different breeds of sheep.

The film emphasises the importance of agriculture in South West Durham. A tractor rakes up hay on a field. A view of Sedgefield follows with traffic going through the town.

The film then records the streets and town centres of Bishop Auckland, and the main street and ornamental gardens of Shildon.

In order to attract people to the area attractive modern housing, both houses and bungalows, are shown. These new homes are provided by council and private building programmes.

Education is next . Shots of Durham University with undergraduates in gowns heading towards the arched entrance of Durham Castle. The next shot is of Barnard Castle and its public school in a rural setting. Spennymoor Grammar Technical school is a relatively modern building. Exterior shots show an extensive building, and there are interior shots of a science or chemistry class in progress. In contrast, the youngest school pupils are shown in a class surrounded by drawings and paintings although the class the teacher is involved with seems to be for arithmetic. A young girl paints a picture of a house. The teacher comes across to see how she is progressing.

An interior shot of a a building construction workshop in a technical college follows. Students are building a brick wall with window frames. The lecturer assists one boy with his bricklaying. Another lecturer instructs a class in the use of a slide rule. General views of light industrial buildings. Shots of open fields again underline the potential of land use in the area. An area of land at Thinford is shown undergoing development. A shot follows of the bare metal framework of  a new factory.

Transport communication is shown by the the relatively traffic free local roads and other 'A' roads. A shot of the new Darlington by-pass follows as part of the A1, a development shown in aerial view.

Hotels and other pubs and hotels are shown, including the Eden Arms Hotel at Rushyford. Views of villages in the sunshine promise tourists a pleasant holiday.

Further afield in Northumberland, various views follow of historic buildings and landscapes such as Hadrian's Wall, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle.

Shots of sailing in the Lake District illustrate the proximity of this national park.  Views of the Cleveland Hills and Yorkshire Dales are some of the tempting destinations to the South East of the region. Views of Whitby, Runswick Bay, and Redcar follow. Aerials show the City of Durham, and the palace of the Bishops of Durham, with further shots of High Force waterfall.

A montage of earlier shots from the film and a final travelling shot along a rural road close the film.

Title: Produced by Turners Film Productions, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Title: For South West Durham Development Joint Committee

Title: Production - Brian Nicol ARPS, Photography - Brian Copplestone AIBP, Peter D Smith AIBP

Title: Come to South West Durham - There's Space for Expansion Here