Film ID:
NEFA 8987



Visitor Tabs


The second of two documentary programmes, produced by Tyne Tees Television and transmitted 5 January 1986. Presenter Magnus Magnusson explores the public face of the island of Lindisfarne and the tourists and visitors who come to the island each year. The film looks at benefits and problems for local residents of accommodating half a million visitors to the island.

A tourist coach approaches the island over the causeway from the mainland, it passes by the refuge box halfway across.

Title: Lindisfarne the Cradle Island, with Magnus Magnusson.

On board the coach passengers express their reasons for wanting to visit the island.

Title: Part Two, High Days And Holidays

The coach travels to the island with car traffic following on.

At the side of the road, Magnus Magnusson introduces the programme, continued in voiceover. A shopkeeper puts goods and signs outside his shop in anticipation of the influx of visitors.

A traveling shot from the coach of the roads on the island follows.

Another local business advertises crab sandwiches and fresh dressed crab on notices just outside the door.

General views follow of coaches, cars and visitors.

At a cafe a waitress prepares a trolley of food

A coach marked 'Wrays of Harrogate' pullls into a car park.

A shot follows of the route up to the castle. Inside the castle custodian Sue Robinson prepares the public rooms for visitors.

Other island visitors enjoy a guided tour outdoors where they study the historical geology of the island with ex-teacher Ernie Evans

The film cuts to the priory where school children are taught about the island and it's religious history. They gather around St Aidan's statue. School children are guided around the priory. Outside, children answer questions from their teacher.

In the priory Magnus Magnusson continues his narrative, partly over general views of the castle, cars are parked in the foreground.

Visitors walk up the steps to the castle, which cuts to an interior shot showing visitors paying their entrance fee. Sue Robinson and her husband are custodians working on behalf of the National Trust. She explains how the couple came to be working at the castle. General views follow of visitors exploring the castle corridors and kitchen.

Aerial shots and commentary from Magnus Magnusson show the castle, high on Beblowe Crag. He continues his commentary on camera.

Visitors make their way into the Lindisfarne Liqueur Company to sample the famous Lindisfarne mead, and stock up with supplies!

Visitors talk on camera of their impressions of the island.  Visitors comments continue over general views of visitors having picnics, sight seeing and eating ice cream.

In a pub residents give their views on the influx of visitors to the island.

More general views of tourists followed by comments to camera by Robin Henderson [seen in part 1] who gives his views of tourism on the island.

General views follow of a coach and car park.

Aerial shots show the main village and St Mary's Church. In the church the reverend Denis Bill talks to visiting schoolchildren about the history of the church. A close-up shows the ornate carpet which lies immediately before the altar. The pattern is based on one of the 'carpet' pages that appear in the Lindisfarne gospels. Close-ups of pages from the gospels follow.

Outside, close-ups of wildflowers accompany Magnus Magnusson as he explains that the island is also an important nature reserve. A panning shot shows the coastline and more wildflowers. The film cuts to a shot of the Land Rover belonging to the island's warden David O'Connor. Next both he and Magnus Magnusson talk together. David O'Connor points out examples of Northern Marsh Orchid and Silverweed growing nearby. He drives his Land Rover on to the sand dunes. An information board near the dunes outlines the extent and remit of the nature reserve. Also a notice on the board warns 'no unauthorised vehicles'.

An aerial shot follows of the dunes and of gulls out on the rocks. More aerials show the coastline. In his continuing conversation with Magnus Magnusson, David points out Sandham Bay as one of his favourite places on the island. Magnus Magnusson and David O'Connor sit on the dune grass enjoying the view. The Land Rover travels along the beach.

Amongst rocks on the shore a couple sit in chairs reading their newspapers.

A small lobster fishing boat pulls into the shallows near the shore, and the two fishermen step out of the boat to come ashore.

A long shot of the castle follows. Visitors give their impressions of the island. Tourists explore the village. Two teenage boys think the island is too quiet. An older man thinks that the village isn't pretty enough.

Lord of the Manor, Colonel Humphrey Crossman, speaks to camera. The film cuts to windsurfers preparing to go out to sea, a local restaurateur and hotelier explains how he came to be teaching windsurfing. Back to Colonel Crossman, then to a public notice board with a notice addressed to the harbour master from the Lord of the Manor.

The film cuts to general views of the windsurfers seen earlier. The restaurateur and wind surfing instructor state that he would not like to see the island change and become more commercial.

General views follow of the coastline and visitors cars. Two fisherman push a small cart along a road.

At the priory an open air service is being conducted for pilgrims who have travelled from Carlisle. Pilgrims queue to take communion at the altar. The camera pans from left to right revealing views of the castle in the distance.One of the pilgrims gives his impression of the service.

Another long shot of Lindisfarne castle follows. The tide is starting to come in. A couple check the tide times on a public notice board. Visitors make their way to their cars. General view of the castle. An elderly man and woman express their satisfaction with their visit. Cars make their way to the mainland across the causeway.

Magnus Magnusson speaks about the ebb and flow of the tides and of the visitors to the island.

General views follow of sheep being herded along a road.The vicar Denis Bill returns home. A fisherman ties up his boat. The vicar talks about his hopes and fears for the island.

A man leads a white pony while his young daughter walks alongside. Robin Henderson attends to his pigeons. General view of the castle. The tide slowly submerges the causeway. Aerials of the priory and church end the film.

End sequence of shots is repeated without sound.

Title: We wish to thank English Heritage for their help in making this programme.

End credit: Programme advisor David O'Connor

End credit: Camera: Eddie Crooks and David Leeder

End credit: Sound Ian Richardson and John Myers

End credit: Dubbing mixer Richard King

End credit: Editor David Walker

End credit: Researcher Peter A. Gordon

End credit: Director Jeremy Lack

End credit: Produced by Bob Farnsworth

End credit: A Tyne Tees Television Colour Production,1985