Film ID:
NEFA 20509

EXTRACTS FROM THE YEAR OF OFFICE OF THE RIGHT WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR OF DURHAM

1963

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Description

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.