Film ID: YFA 5724 Video of YFA_5724 Robin Hood's Bay1979 ROBIN HOOD'S BAY 1979 Visitor TabsDescription This is a film made by Doug and Norah Brear, members of Wakefield Cine Club, on a trip to Robins Hood’s Bay. The film is accompanied by a commentary providing a potted history of the village and giving a tour of interesting places and features. Title – Robin Hood’s Bay The film begins with views over Robin Hood’s Bay. Norah Brear descends the coastal steps that link the Bay to the Cleveland Way. As Doug provides a potted history of the village, focusing on the smuggling, the film takes a tour of the village, pointing out interesting places and features. It shows the Bay Hotel, The Openings, Tommy Baxter Street, The Square, Downhill Steps and Downhill Cottage, The Mariners and Westley Cottage. Norah looks across the Bay, and then we see The Laurel and a lorry delivering barrels of beer. Next are shown The Bolts, Tyson’s Row and the plaque for Leo Walmsley. The film ends with more views of the Bay. Title – Robin Hood’s Bay Title – The End Context Yorkshire’s answer to Looe Island complete with its alleyways, bolt holes and secret passages for smugglers of days gone by to evade the excise men. A visit to Robin Hood’s Bay in 1979 provides an opportunity to reveal the skills of amateur filmmakers Doug and Norah Brear of Wakefield in making a mini documentary of a well-known place. This is a fine example of the genre, providing a history of the fishing village and highlighting many of its fascinating features with its links to smuggling. The Brears, members of Wakefield Cine Club, made over 60 films between 1960 and 1985, many shown at film shows across Yorkshire by their friend and fellow filmmaker Roger Spence. This is the first film that Doug made using super 8mm film, although he thought that standard 8mm was superior. With its fishing industry now long gone, the beguiling village of Robin Hood’s Bay, despite the absence of any known connection with the legendary outlaw, has become a popular tourist attraction, and all the places featured in the film remain more or less as they were back in the 1970s.