Film ID:
NEFA 21913

HMS ILLUSTRIOUS & SPEEDBOATS (RETURN AFTER FALKLANDS WAR): NEWCASTLE WATER-SKI GRAND PRIX

c.1984

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Description

This amateur footage by Stephen Gray, an Environmental Health Department officer with Gateshead Council, records the return of HMS Illustrious to the Tyne following service in the Falklands War and a Newcastle Water-Ski Grand Prix (power boat racing) in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A brief sequence records HMS Illustrious as it sails back into the Tyne after service in the Falklands War, passing shipyard cranes.

A Newcastle Water-Ski Grand Prix takes place on the Tyne in Newcastle, racing each side of the Tyne Bridge. A crowd watch from the Quayside. Various shots record the competitors in action on the river. At one point, the ITM Seafarer is in the background.