Film ID:
NEFA 15647

NICE ONE SUNDERLAND

1974

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Description

A celebration of the potential for business growth in Sunderland with its attractions of housing, schools, cultural facilities and beauty spots, linked with a celebration of Sunderland Football Club winning the Football Association Cup in 1973.

The film opens on Roker Beach at dawn followed by an early morning scene on the River Wear. A small trawler boat is on the river and large shipyard cranes can be seen in the background. In the near distance is the Wearmouth Bridge which is followed by a scene of the river closer to the bridge.

Title: Nice One Sunderland.

A crowd of children and an older man all wearing red and white come out of an underpass. They are all waving red and white flags and a banner in the background reads, "Stoker Stars - Wembley 73". The scene changes to a supermarket where a woman is packing groceries. She is wearing a red and white Sunderland rosette. Other women work in a market packing groceries. A woman at a butcher's counter serves a customer. Everyone wears red and white plastic hats.

An old man is sitting in a pub laughing, also wearing a red and white plastic hat. He waves a piece of paper. Two young women and a man look down from a high window of a building; a large red and white rosette is hanging up inside the window. The film them shows a woman in a shop behind a large window display for the Sunderland Association FC team. The display reads, "Good Luck at Wembley". There is another banner in a window, which reads, "Put Sunderland Back on the Map Lads".

Two women in an office both wear red and white rosettes and hats. A Sunderland FC wall display can be seen in the background. Women are sitting typing along a line of desks; all of them are wearing red and white hats.

Three mannequins in a shop window have been dressed in red and white. This is followed by a group of young children who are all wearing red and white cone hats. The crowd of children and old man seen previously are now seen walking across a foot-bridge. High-rise flats can be seen in the background.

The film changes to the interior of a railway train. Two men are sitting at a table. One of the men is wearing a red and white top hat and rosette and is blowing a small trumpet. The second man is wearing a red and white scarf and woollen hat. We then see a group of young women sitting at another table singing "Nice One Sunderland". A woman at the table is being served a beer. There is a crowd of people at another table and a man giving a toast.

We then move to a street scene and crowds of people. A man is carrying a banner which reads, "Sunderland Howay the Lads". There is another banner showing a black cat in a Sunderland strip and another banner, which reads, "Stoker Stars - Wembley 73".

The Sunderland football team is on the top deck of an open top double decker bus driving through the streets surrounded by a huge crowd. They have returned to the town following their victory in the FA Cup final in May 1973. The film shows a series of black and white photographs from 1937 showing the Sunderland AFC team when they last won the FA Cup. The film goes on to show a number of other photographs from that period to emphasis the poverty and depression of the era and to contrast it with the town today. The photographs fade to show bunting floating on water.

The scene changes to show a baby in a crib being tended to by a nurse. She picks the baby up and hands it to a woman who is sitting up in bed. The film then shows a group of young children in a nursery school playing and painting. This is followed by a female teacher giving a class to a group of older children. Outside, a game of netball is being played by a group of girls in the grounds of a modern school. There are views of the exterior of the modern school followed by a woman giving a swimming lesson in an indoor pool.

A group of girls are practising lifesaving skills. A man wearing headphones is speaking into a microphone. He is a foreign language teacher and the children in the class are seen in language lab cubicals listening to a woman speaking French and reading from text books. In an arts class, a group of young people make prints. A large printing press is seen being demonstrated by a teacher.

The film then moves to an art gallery where a young man and woman wander around looking at the various modern art works. A security guard is also in the gallery. The couple smile at each other. Another young couple are walking on a veranda of a large building. He has his arm around her shoulders and they are both smiling. A further couple are walking hand-in-hand on a beach, possibly near Marsden Rock. The second couple on the veranda can now be seen looking over a large pond.

The scene changes to that of an office where we see women performing various tasks including typing, sorting forms and inputting data onto a computer. A number of companies are identified during this sequence including Janet Fraser and Brian Mills.

In a discotheque, people are dancing. Rock music is being played and it continues as the scene changes to a glass factory where a machine-operated production line is moulding molten glass into various types of glass products. A group of hot and sweating men in the factory are working with glass: blowing, moulding or rolling it.

Further shots of dancing.

Cotton moves through a machine before being spun into thread. Women on a production line are working on electronic components, possibly part of a telephone exchange.

The dancing continues.

At a steel mill, molten steel is being poured into a large vat. A worker then pours the steel into a mould.

More dancing.

Women work sewing machines in a garment factory. A production line of women work with large steam irons, pressing the finished garments. A woman puts a jacket on to a coat hanger and hangs it up.

More dancing.

Men working on various plans and drawings in an shipyard office. A ship under construction is in the background. Outside, the films shows a shipyard where men are welding steel plates onto the ship's frame. At the Vaux Brewery, brown bottles are moving along a production line. Bottles are loaded into crates. The bottles have Double Maxim labels.

A scientist in a white coat drinks from a glass before looking closely at what remains in the glass. He then looks into a microscope. On the shelf behind him are Samson beer bottles.

The film then shows the exterior of a restaurant or bar where people are sitting at tables. At a Cowie Group car show room, a salesman is talking to a couple about the new Ford Capri. The woman is then drives away in a Ford Cortina which passedsa modern housing estate. Scenes around this housing estate and focus on the many different types of homes available as well as the pleasant surroundings. A modern busy shopping precinct is featured. A number of small sailing boats sail in a harbour.

People are sitting around a table in a conference room talking about the future developments of the town. One of the men talks about the cultural development of the town with the building of a theatre and arts centre. Another man talks about the industrial development of the port. The first speaker returns and talks about the new recreational facilities recently built near the Civic Centre. He also talks about the building of the first music hall museum to be built in the country.

A local comedian then appears and makes a joke about Seaburn. A small child walks through a shopping centre, eating. He is followed by a third man who talks about the development of telecommunications within the three urban districts so that local people can contact the civic centre directly. Additional scenes around the Civic Centre are featured as the discussion continues.

A man in a white jumper and cap is playing bowls on a bowling green. This is followed by interviews with six elderly women who talk about the hard times in Sunderland when they were young and how things today are much better. One woman says that people seem to be more taken care of today than they were years ago. She continues to say that houses are much better and that the young people have better chances today than they ever had in the past. We then see an elderly lady walking through a church yard carrying some purple flowers.

The final part of the film returns us to the jubilant street scenes seen at the beginning of the film. There are a number of decorated floats, marching bands and people on horseback parading down a street, passing waving crowds. We also see the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland clapping as the floats pass them.

The film ends with a ship passing under Wearmouth Bridge.

Credit: Produced for Sunderland Corporation.

Credit: Photography Bob Hunter
Credit: Assistant Cameraman Bob Ryan
Credit: Lighting Solar Lighting
Credit: Editor John Fanner
Credit: Sound Richard Mason & David Hahn
Credit: Assistant Director Victor Priggs
Credit: Executive Producer David Powell
Credit: Producer Bob Hunter
Credit: Writer & Director Roger Dunton

Credit: A First City Film