Film ID: NEFA 19746 Video of NEFA_19746 The Life Boys THE LIFE BOYS NEWCASTLE ON TYNE AREA 1930 Visitor TabsDescription An amateur documentary film that shows the different activities of the Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade's Life Boys, and may have been used in recruitment campaigns. Title: The Life Boys Newcastle on Tyne Area Title: The Life Boys - Object The Advancement of Christ's Kingdom Amongst Young Boys Title: The Training of a Body of Suitable Recruits for the Boys Brigade Title: The Life Boy Motto - Play the Game A tableau vivant. Three Life Boys hold up a lifebelt with "Life Boys Newcastle area" written on it. A poster reads "Recruits wanted." Two boys are reading the notice, and are approached by three Life Boys. Title: What do you do in the Life Boys? Title: Listen and we'll tell you what teams in our area do The five boys move off together. Title: Open Air Teamwork Title: Raising the Flag. Opening Hymn. Inspection and Roll Call A shot of boys raising the Union Jack in a camp ground. All the assembled boys pray with their hats off. They stand in uniforms for a hand, knee and ear inspection, and are inspected by a senior female Boys Brigade leader. Title: Life Boy Games There are shots of relay race, piggy back race and similar games at the campsite. Title: A Yarn and Raising the Flag Boys sit cross-legged in a circle and listen to the "yarn" and then stand to attention whilst the flag is lowered. Female leaders talk and salute each other outside Hawthorn Towers in County Durham. Title: An Area Outing There is a shot of a rural watermill (?) and the boys are seen on a ramble accompanied by seniors. Portrait shots of two seniors follow. The boys cross a stream over stepping stones. Women seniors paddle in the stream, splashing each other’s legs, pulling their skirts up above their knees. They cross the stepping stones too. Group portrait of seniors in uniform, both male and female, standing outside a large house. Title: An Area Quarter Deck Parade Boys and seniors march and parade in Newcastle city centre on the corner of Fenkel Street and Cross Street. A shop sign reads "Campbells and Stewart Mc Donald Ltd." Traffic on the streets includes a tram. General scenes of the parade close the film. Context Spelling Boy with a capital B Catching them young with a recruitment film for The Boys’ Brigade Life Boys in Depression era Newcastle. This endearing amateur recruitment film, made to attract young blood to junior sections of the Newcastle Battalion of The Boys’ Brigade, was shot when Depression era soup kitchens flourished in the city. The trappings of team games and rambles in the countryside near Hawthorn TowerS and military style marches in the city, no doubt appealed to these young urban Life Boys, documented during hard times. The founder of The Boys Brigade youth movement in 1883, William Alexander Smith, wished to be remembered as “the man who taught people to spell Boy with a capital B”. As a Sunday school teacher and officer of the 1st Lanark Rifle Volunteers, he based the organisation on a Christian and semi-military code of manliness (long spread through boys’ adventure literature and public schools), building character through physical exercise and sporting virtues, which fused with calls to serve the Empire during the First World War. The Life Boys motto was ‘Play the Game’. The Newcastle Battalion Boys Life Brigade was formed on 27 June 1908 as separate from the Boys Brigade Battalion, and survived until 1959.