Film ID:
NEFA 21855



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Film inserts of the installation of Hugh Lindsay as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and a Phil McDonnell interview with Bishop Lindsay for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 19 February 1975.

[12 secs]

Priests, deacons and bishops process through the grounds of the Cathedral Church of St Mary in Newcastle upon Tyne.

[5 mins 27 secs]

A congregation of mostly women in hats wait at the cathedral entrance, possibly down Clayton Street, as guests arrive for the installation of Hugh Lindsay as the new Bishop in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. A couple arrive, smartly dressed in non-clerical outfits. The man takes off his hat and addresses the camera as they arrive at the church.

A Roman Catholic procession makes its way down Northumberland Street, Newcastle, led by a group of altar boys.

Priests and bishops process through the church. The service of installation of Bishop Hugh Lindsay takes place in the cathedral.

Reporter Phil McDonnell interviews the new Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Hugh Lindsay. McDonnell speaks about Lindsay being installed in a cathedral where he was baptised in 1927 and ordained in 1953. He asks how much of a sentimental occasion this is apart from being a spiritual one. Lindsay says that his father was also an organist at the cathedral so he used to go there as a boy. He explains about his calling and the fact that, in 1968, he was consecrated Bishop there, so it is the fourth great occasion there in his life.

McDonnell asks if he could ever visualise this happening as a student priest. Lindsay replies no. McDonnell quizzes him about spreading the word of Christianity. Lindsay talks about the different faiths being much more integrated now. He says that he has now joined the North East Ecumenical Group where all church leaders meet.

McDonnell asks Lindsay if the life of a Bishop is more complex now than it was in less sophisticated times. He answers that people are more educated and there are more specialists amongst the clergy. He imagines that a Bishop is now more like a man who conducts an orchestra than a sergeant major.

McDonnell inquires how difficult it is going to be getting through to ‘ordinary simple folk’ on spiritual matters. Lindsay thinks it will be no more difficult than as a priest, except there are many more people these days. His greatest difficulty is being a real person to 300,000 people. He spends most of his time talking to children in primary school. He talks to them in a human way, helping them to pray.