Film ID:
NEFA 21420

VICTORY PARADE: CORONATION NEWCASTLE

1946-1953

Visitor Tabs

Description

Compilation of amateur footage and outtakes, which includes the commemorative Victory Parade that took place in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th June 1946, filmed by members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cranston. Also includes shots of Newcastle streets decorated for the coronation celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.

[Black and white footage]

The first sequence is of the Victory parade that took place in central Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th June 1946. Rounding a corner on the parade route, various regiments, and veterans and marching bands parade through central Newcastle, the street packed with spectators. One banner carried reads “50th Northumberland Division”.

A Royal Navy regiment marches past, in the background Collars Limited and Ernest & Taylor amongst the row of shops. Groups representing units of the Allied and Colonial Forces march in the parade along with military bands.

[Colour footage]

Traffic moves down Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the run up to Queen Elizabeth II coronation celebrations in 1953, Burton’s department store on a corner, buildings decked out in Union Jacks. Close-up of a Union Jack flag blowing in the wind on a flag pole high above Newcastle.

A coach drives by decorated with a large crown and various coats of arms.

Various shots of a highly decorated Royal Turk’s Head Hotel on Grey Street leading to Grey’s Monument. General view of Carliol House, the North Eastern Electricity Board building, which curves the corner of Market Street East and Pilgrim Street. An array of flags and cut-out insignia decorate buildings on the Newcastle streets. A policeman directs traffic near a memorial. Semi-detached 1930s houses are decorated with various heraldic insignia.

A vintage car and motorcycle rally travels from the city streets (Gateshead?) to the countryside. A man on a motorised tricycle waves as he drives by. A policeman cycles along with the rally.

Steam traction engines are driven through a suburban street. A woman drives one engine sporting signage for “BM Stafford Houghton-le-Spring”.

Flower beds of letters spell “Library Gardens”. Overhead view of people strolling in a well-kept park, full of gloriously colourful flower beds and bushes.

Various shots follow of London streets, red route master buses on the road. A green double decker bus to Kingston drives by. Close-up of the sign for “The Old Wheel Tea House” in Reigate.