Film ID: NEFA 10763 Video of NEFA 10763 Tyneside Summer Exhibition TYNESIDE SUMMER EXHIBITION 1970s Visitor TabsDescription A Tyne Tees Television news report from the Tyneside Summer Exhibition at Exhibtion Park in Newcastle. Reporter Phil McDonnell guides us round the sights and sounds of the fairground and exhibits on show. The report opens with a general view of a crowded fairground with marquees on either side of a public walkway. Masks are for sale on a novelty gift stall. A close up shot of colourful miniature windmills follows and as the camera pulls back we see other toys and novelties on display. A flower seller shouts the merits of his merchandise. The film cuts to a stall sign which reads 'Maureens Home Made Fudge'. The Lord Mayors coach and horses pass by. The horses are in full harness, and the driver and co-driver are in eighteenth century style costume. As the coach passes, the Lord Mayor and others in the carriage wave to the crowds. Phil McDonnell speaks to camera. He describes the scene at the exhibition and the attractions visitors are likely to see. He calls the whole site as a 'mini - town' complete with businesses and bars and its own telephone boxes. The film cuts to a shot of a sheep farmer herding two sheep with the help of his dog. Phil McDonnell, continues his list of attractions. A 'Great Gavioli' organ is fully lit and playing a tune. A shot of a finely crafted leather saddle which belongs to a Sheriff Danny Arnold from Texas follows. Phil McDonnell interviews the sheriiff who is running a wild west exhibition and acting as an ambassador for prospective Texas business ventures on Tyneside. An actor wears a Rupert bear costume poses with children for photographs. Some children are reluctant to pose with the 'bear'. The film cuts to exhibition visitors walking down one of the thoroughfares. In the background a sign reads 'Boats and Trailers' Two boys with fishing nets try to catch fish in Exhibition Park lake. The camera pans right to show a small speedboat being put through its paces. The film cuts back to the two boys fishing. They watch the speedboat as it speeds past. The next shots show signs on some of the exhibition stands, including 'Fastest Housewife in the Northeast', 'Great Sausage Eating Contest', 'Carnival'. Again, the 'Great Gavioli' organ plays. Phil McDonnell sums up the sights and sounds of the exhibition and ends the film by saluting the event with a half pint of beer. Context Everyone loves a cowboy at Newcastle’s Exhibition Park in the 1970s. “The exhibition has character, and it has characters.” A Texan Deputy Sheriff with a Wild West display attracts Tyne Tees TV roving reporter Phil McDonnell as he guides us around the carnival delights of a 1970s Tyneside Summer Exhibition in Newcastle. The crowds are entertained by colourful novelty gift stalls, sheep dog contests, a scary Rupert Bear and the magnificent Whites Mammoth Gavioli organ. The Tyneside Summer Exhibition was held over 5 days from 1963-1987 at Exhibition Park, originally host to the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition and the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition. It attracted around 180,000 people in 1973. The San Antonio cowboy, Sheriff Danny Arnold, ran the Texan public relations office in London and was frequently invited to appear at English events with an American “Western” flavour from the 1950s to 1970s. In 1954 George Parmley, a pioneer in fairground organ preservation and later chairman of the Show Organ Society, rescued the derelict Gavioli organ from the Welsh Dragon scenic railway at Barry Island. Fully restored, it debuted at Lambton Park in Chester-le-Street in 1956.