Film ID:
YFA 5346

THE ENCHANTING NORTH VOLUME ONE

c.1971

Visitor Tabs

Description

This is a film from a collection of home movies made by Jack Johnson of Pontefract.  It shows the family visiting various places in East Yorkshire and includes a miners’ parade held in Pontefract.  The film is accompanied by a partial commentary.

Title – ‘Home Exhibition Certificate, classed as a ‘U’, by Editor and Producer, Jack Johnson
Title – Jack Johnson Presents Volume One of his Yorkshire Scrapbook

The film opens with the cooling towers of a coal fired power station.  There is an ironic caption, “Come with me, and I’ll show you the beauties of the industrial north.” There is a nice sunset. 

In the gardens of Pontefract, spring flowers are in bloom.  There are boats on a lake at Briar Hill, with Lizzie and other children.

At a steam fair there is a Wurlitzer, tractor engines on display, and other fairground rides including a carousel. 

Next, the South Yorkshire boat club at Heck Basin, Mrs Johnson stands in front of a narrow boat, with sailing boats out on a lake.  Mrs Johnson, with her bike, watches as boats go by on canal.  There are also brief scenes of Lizzie with a baby and a country fair at Darrington with boat swings and sky divers.

They visit a church on Howden before heading onto Market Weighton and Bishop Burton.  They stop to feed the ducks before arriving at Beverley Minster, and they continue on to look around the grounds, at flowers etc., in Sewerby Park.  Finally, at Filey Beach, children go on donkey rides, there is a Punch and Judy show, people are sunbathing, and fishing boats can be seen.  

The last part of the film features a miners’ parade which is held in Pontefract.  The parade is led by the Mayor, and includes National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) President Joe Gormley, Mick McGahey, the Scottish miners’ leader, and assorted clergyman who are all wearing poppies.  There is the banner for the NUM Yorkshire Area as well as other colliery banners, and miners carry placards which include slogans such as:  ‘Robens The Rent Act discipline’, ‘Coal a part of our wages, hands off’, ‘We will not negotiate a rent increase’, ‘Hands off our Coal’, ‘NEC Act Or We Act’, ’Resist All Rent Increases.’  The parade ends with marching bands. 

Title – See more of The Enchanting North in Our next Volume