Film ID: NEFA 20509 Video of NEFA 20509 Extracts from the Year of Office of the Mayor of Durham Cllr. N. Richardson EXTRACTS FROM THE YEAR OF OFFICE OF THE RIGHT WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR OF DURHAM 1963 Visitor TabsDescription Amateur footage of the newly appointed Mayor and Mayoress of Durham's public engagements in 1963, which includes the opening of the new County Hall (known also as Aykley Heads House) by Prince Philip. Durham County Hall was designed by Sir Basil Spence. Title: Extracts from the Year of Office of the Right Worshipful The Mayor of Durham, Councillor Norman Richardson J.P. and the Mayoress Mrs Penny Richardson Commencing May 1963. The first section of the film records official ceremonies, a procession through Durham, the Mayor meeting various groups, a parade of groups that include nurses, scouts and guides, gathering at Palace Green, Durham, and a parade in Market Square. Prince Philip arrives at Durham Cathedral. Black and white footage of the Mayor and Mayoress greeting women in council chambers. A woman is placing J&M Luke Ltd cakes or sausage rolls from trays onto plates. The focus is on women's old fashioned hats at the council event. Women take tea. Prince Philip arrives at the new County Hall offices at Aykley Heads. Two policeman stand at a roundabout on the outskirts of Durham with a sign pointing to A1051 Newcastle. General view of the new County Hall follows. Prince Philip arrives by car at Durham County Hall and Police Headquarters. People are seated at a temporary seating stadium in the County Hall grounds. Soldiers march in formation past the County Hall. Group portrait of councillors. Context Celebrations as Durham gets a new County Hall The pomp of local public life gets a good airing here as a sprightly Prince Philip visits Durham, the customary formalities on show along with a wonderful display of ladies hats. A visit from Prince Philip, clearly in his prime, is enough to bring out the local dignitaries of Durham in all of their finery as they carry out their traditional public functions. After the opening of the new County Hall offices of Aykley Heads House by the Duke of Edinburgh, the ladies give a marvellous display of hats and the etiquette of having a civil cup of tea. A parade for the occasion includes marching nurses, once a common sight, now only seen on demonstrations. One public servant relating to this film has certainly left his mark on the City of Durham. Norman Richardson, the then Mayor of Durham, has a Postgraduate Research Fund for Ustinov College (Durham University) named in his honour, as bestowed by his widow Mildred Richardson. The designer of the County Hall, Sir Basil Spence, was a notable modern architect, who designed many iconic buildings, including Coventry Cathedral and St Aidan's College in Durham. It is believed the royal visit was filmed by George Pennington, the manager of Cosy Coaches in Meadowfield, County Durham.