Film ID:
NEFA 8986



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The first of two documentary programmes produced by Tyne Tees Television and transmitted 29 December 1985. Presented by Magnus Magnusson this edition explores the private face of Lindisfarne and its community of 170 residents.

Title: Tyne Tees Ident

Opening shot of Lindisfarne Castle, with lobster pots in the foreground.

Title: Lindisfarne: the Cradle Island with Magnus Magnusson

Film cuts to fishing boats out at sea.

Title: Part One - Time & Tide

St Aidans statue stands against the backdrop of Lindisfarne Castle. General views follow of the priory. An islander walks through a turnstile next to where Magnus Magnusson is sitting. The presenter describes the island to camera.  Aerial shots of the island are superimposed with a map showing it's location on the North East coast.

Magnus Magnusson continues as the film cuts to a shot of a Bedford lorry making it's way over the partially submerged causeway between Lindisfarne and the mainland. The lorry delivers letters and newspapers to the island's post office. The postmaster, Dick Patterson, proceeds to sort the island's mail.

The Reverend Dennis Bill comes out of the back gate of his house. In voiceover he speaks about the religious history of Lindisfarne.

General views follow of the church and priory. A roadsweeper brushes debris of the streets. A farmer herds sheep along a road. A woman opens a corner shop for the day's business. In voiceover she says how much she enjoys living on the island.

The film cuts to Magnus Magnusson walking through the graveyard of the church and priory. He speaks to camera over general views of the priory.

The postmaster returns to his home and greets his wife in their garden. A baby in a pram is nearby. Magnus Magnusson talks to the couple and asks about the future for their child on the island.

In a primary school a teacher sits with children helping them with their work. In voiceover the teacher talks of her experiences on the island. She explains that when children reach the age of nine, secondary education needs to be sought on the mainland. The children draw using coloured pens and crayons. Some others study local rocks and stones they've gathered.

A sheep farmer herds his sheep, he speaks off camera about his life on the island. Sheep are gathered in pens for shearing. Jimmy Patterson shears the sheep as he continues with his account of working as a full time farmer and the concerns he has for his children.

In a pub, men talk to camera about their children's future.

Aerial shots show the causeway which links the island to the mainland, followed by a travelling shot following it's route, passing over the refuge hut halfway across. Aerials follow with Magnus Magnusson in voiceover describing the scene showing Lindisfarne Castle on Beblowe Crag and the remnants of a former industry in the form of derelict lime kilns, ending with an aerial shot over the harbour.

Magnus Magnusson walks to the top of a cliff. A close-up follows of the head of the St Aidan statue. In a piece to camera Magnus Magnusson talks of the history of Saint Aidan.

An interior shot shows a comfortable study lined with bookshelves, in which a group of Christians are reading. A spokesperson for the group does a piece to camera. Dr. Kate Tristram runs a church establishment called Marygate House. Exterior shots of the house follow. Parish groups from the mainland meet with the island group. Members of the group talk on camera about the people they have met and what Marygate House means to them. Views follow of sand dunes.

On board a small fishing boat a woman helps to cast salmon fishing nets out to sea. Her husband, the skipper, steers the craft from his small cabin. He describes the working life of a salmon fisherman. Floats marking the position of the net recede into the distance. The boat ploughs through the choppy water, a flag attached to a float showing the position of the nets.

A fisherman in yellow waterproofs carries a box on his back as he climbs up the steps of the harbour wall. A long shot follows of the castle, then pans lefts showing a number of old fishing boats turned upside down to serve as huts and sheds. In the distance the old herring houses have been converted into holiday homes.

In the pub some of the locals air their concerns about the fishing industry on the island. A  group of young people play pool in the bar. In voiceover one of the girls comments that island life can be good in the summer but quite boring in the winter. A young man says he occupies his time by fishing, while a university student says he will eventually move away.

In a small motor boat an older stalwart of the island, Robin Henderson, steers his craft. He has a pigeon cree and attends to his pigeons. He is also a wildfowler and in winter shoots ducks and geese. He feeds his pigeons and talks about those he shoots for eating. The film cuts to a shot of a grey overcast coastline.

A shot follows of a wooden cross on a small island just off Lindisfarne, St Cuthbert's Island or Isle. The film cuts to a shot of an eider duck, St Cuthbert's favourite bird. Magnus Magnusson stands next to the cross and speaks to camera.

Aerials follow of the main island, St Cuthberts Island and the priory. Magnus Magnusson continues his presentation to camera. More general views follow of the priory and castle.

Dr Kate Tristram of Marygate House talks on camera of her communication with St Aidan and St Cuthbert. A long shot follows of the church graveyard.

A long shot shows boats just offshore. On land volunteer coastguards gather next to an HM Coastguard Land Rover for training in the use of emergency flares. The volunteers wear overalls labeled 'auxilliary coastguard'. An instructor shows a volunteer how to fire the flare.

In the pub some locals talk of the 'pull' of Lindisfarne even when they have lived away. General views of people talking and drinking in the pub. The landlady talks of her fondness for the island and her life on it. An older man talks of the old days on the island compared to today.

Boats are moored at low tide. General views of the coastline follow.

The tide slowly recedes uncovering the causeway. Magnus Magnusson does a piece to camera. Poles in the sand mark the route of the old pilgrim's way from the mainland.

Aerial shots follow of cars crossing the causeway. Magnus Magnusson continues presenting to camera.

Visitors and holiday makers, make their way onto the peaceful island.

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