Film ID: NEFA 19157 Video of NEFA 19157 Teesside Inauguration TEESSIDE INAUGURATION PROCESSION 1968 Visitor TabsDescription An amateur film by Betty Cook that records the County Borough of Teesside Inauguration procession in Middlesbrough on the 1st April 1968. The film shows the carnival atmosphere with floats and fancy dress competitions. The film begins with a procession of floats travelling north along Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough. One of the first large floats to go by is sponsored by the BSS group (British Steam Specialists). A hoarding on the side of the float declares: 'Since 1899 BSS equipped engines like this [referring to a traction engine it is carrying]. But in 1968 we concentrate on The Chemical Industry, Nuclear Power Stations, Supertankers etc.' other lorries and floats follow on. Other floats representing local firms include a 'VG Store' float and a van advertising 'Wonderloaf'. Two large white shire horses pull a wagon and behind them a pony pulls a two wheeled Rington's delivery van. Young people on horseback pass by followed by a young girl identified as the filmmaker's daughter Adrianne. A group of young people on decorated bicycles stand waiting in the middle of the road. One of the brightly coloured bikes displays a banner across the frame which reads 'Teesside Boro' Today'. A pony with rider poses for the camera. Around the pony's neck is a notice which reads ' A Well 'Bread' Pony' attached to the notice is a white bread bun. In the background the premises of Middlesbrough plumbing firm of Emanuel Spence. Next to the well 'bread' pony a dark character in a devil costume sits astride a black pony. Also in the procession, The Billingham Silvertones Juvenile Jazz Band marches past followed by a procession of children in fancy dress. The variety of costumes include cowboys, a chimney sweep and a character from the children's TV programme, Thunderbirds. Some of the children are holding a banner that reads “The Christening of Tees-side”. A change of location further out in the suburbs, with footage taken at the junction of Acklam Road, Green Lane and Croft Avenue. Police on motorbikes ride from Green Lane over Acklam Road and head west along Croft Avenue saluting as they ride past the camera. The army follow in a Land Rover and scout car. Other floats go by including those seen in the town centre such as the 'VG Food' store float followed by a float advertising the local bakery chain Meredith's. The film ends with the convoy heading west along Croft Avenue. Context A colourful christening of Teesside Geishas, cowboys and the Invisible Man: hundreds of children turn out in fancy dress for the christening of a new County Borough of Teesside. On 2 April 1968 kids in costume entertain the crowds on the Victorian streets of Middlesbrough after the new County Borough of Teesside is introduced in a ceremony at the Town Hall. The Lone Ranger, Thunderbirds fans, and a devil garbed in black march down Linthorpe Road following the traditional parade of trade floats. The British Steam Specialists and Ringtons tea merchants take part, and economic patriotism makes a show with a Union Jack festooned “Buy British” bus. This film was shot by amateur filmmaker Betty Cook, President of the Cleveland Cine Society and the North East Cine Society. Six towns lost their civic identity with the controversial re-drawing of boundaries to create the new Teesside - Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar, Thornaby, Eston and Billingham. The historic occasion was celebrated in a poem called ‘Hail Teesside!’ by the British Poet Laureate of the time, Cecil Day Lewis. In 1974 the boundaries were once more on the move when the non-metropolitan county of Cleveland was created. The ‘Buy British’ movement sprang from the ‘I’m Backing Britain’ campaign, which also bloomed briefly as Britain’s economy withered in 1967.