Film ID:
NEFA 15596



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A Tyne Tees Television news item filmed around Blaydon as well as from Summerhouse Hill beside Lord Widdrington's Summerhouse where Blaydon Local History Society Chairman Ronnie Anderson is interviewed about a new book on the local history of the area.

The film opens on a view of a concrete walkway sign that reads ‘The Precinct’. General views follow of shoppers walking around Blaydon Shopping Centre. The film cuts to a view of the Old Swalwell Bridge over the River Derwent.

The film changes to Summerhouse Hill with a view looking down onto Blaydon and the River Tyne below. Standing beside the octagonal building known locally as Lord Widdrington's Summerhouse is Blaydon Local History Society Chairman Ronnie Anderson who talks about the history of the summerhouse.

The film cuts to a view of the report asking a question. General view of the Stella South Power Station where the final, but not original, course of the Blaydon Races was run. The camera pans back to Mr Anderson who explains why he has only devoted a small chapter in his book to the Blaydon Races.

Mr Anderson is asked about some of Blaydon’s characters and villains. He explains that Winlaton was the chief settlement as Blaydon only dated from 1850. He talks about ‘a chap called Will Renwick’ who was famous as a bare-fist fighter and is buried in the local churchyard.