Film ID:
NEFA 18472

THE SPIRIT OF THE KELLY

1978

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Description

Amateur film showing the visit by Lord Louis Mountbatten to Tyneside on Tuesday 24 October 1978 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launching of the HMS Kelly, a vessel he commanded. Mountbatten visits South Shields Town Hall, British Shipbuilders yard and the Sea Cadets Training Unit at Hebburn, and Tyne Dock.

Title: The Spirit of the Kelly.

The film opens with a view of a miniature wooden remembrance cross bearing a poppy. A train arrives into Newcastle Central Station, on board is Lord Louis Mountbatten, Admiral of the Fleet. Mountbatten is met by the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear, Sir James Steel and the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Sir Robin Chatwin.

General views of Lord Mountbatten’ visiting Euryalus P.H.A.B. Club (Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied Club) in Jarrow, where he unveils a plaque and officially opens the building.

This scene records Lord Mountbatten's visit to South Shields Town Hall, where sailors from HMS Euryalus form a ceremonial guard on the Town Hall steps. General views of lunch being served and enjoyed by guests.

Councillor Tom Bell presents Lord Mountbatten with a large framed drawing by local artist Bob Olley, depicting the career and exploits of HMS Kelly. Jarrow singer-songwriter Alan Price is introduced to Mountbatten; Price wrote and sang a song about the Kelly. Survivors from the Kelly reminisce with their old commander.

Lord Mountbatten leaves South Shields Town Hall to attend a remembrance ceremony at the Kelly memorial in Hebburn cemetery. Wreaths are laid by Mountbatten and members of South Tyneside Council.

The next sequence shows Lord Mountbatten visiting the British Shipbuilders yard at Hebburn, formerly R.W. Hawthorn Leslie, where HMS Kelly was built. Mountbatten is introduced to Mr John Steel, Chief Executive of Swan Hunter Shipbuilders. He unveils a painting of the Kelly, and recalls memories of the workers and foremen who he met at Hebburn during the Kelly’s construction. General view of Lord Mountbatten cuting a commemorative cake.

General views of Lord Mountbatten visiting the Sea Cadets training unit TS Kelly (Hebburn Sea Cadet Corps). Mountbatten presents a silver trophy, to be called the Mountbatten Trophy, to the Sea Cadets.

The film ends with Lord Mountbatten inspecting HMS Euryalus, a frigate anchored at Tyne Dock. Mountbatten meets the Captain and his crew of 12 officers and 225 men.

Title: The End.