Film ID:
NEFA 9391



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An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme The Works showing preparations for and opening of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race taking place in and around the River Tyne at Newcastle upon Tyne between the 15th and 19th July 1986.

The film opens with views of the mouth of the Tyne and the arrival of a number of sailing ships. The film cuts to the Newcastle City Information Service and people working on publicity for the event. General views of ships arriving and river police activity. The film then changes to show Quayside sheds in winter with two people (possibly the organisers) walking along the quayside. Views of the Tyne, ship berthing, crowds, folk dancing, and market traders.

Young crew members mingle with the crowds on board the "Kruzenstern". Folk dancing and market stall can be seen along the quayside. On Northumberland Street a news vendor is selling papers with special souvenir supplements. There is a close-up notice of shipyard closures.

The film cuts to the deserted Hawthorne Leslie shipyard and men with plans for the Hebburn Village Project on the site. A general view of a small boat builders' yard and workers at the shipyard. This is followed by a view of plans for a river cruise vessel looked over by the two men in an office.

General views of tall ships moored on the river and a children’s choir from Felling singing. Cutaways of crowds on the Quayside. School children visit the Maritime Exhibition. Paintings with a maritime theme are on display at the Van der Grou Galleries. Outside an artist paints a picture of one of the ships on the river. More views showing the crowds on the Quayside. Queen Elizabeth II visiting the all female sail training ship, the "Sir Winston Churchill". Aerial views of the river are followed by the pennant for Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race 1986. More views of riverside activity.

A number of interviews follow. Afterwards a scene shows three local actors (including Robson Green) gathered round a small boat on the river at low tide. The actors perform a scene from a production of Tom Haddaway’s play "The Long Line" which was showing at the Live Theatre in Broad Chare. The actors stop and the director and Tom Haddaway come down to discuss the scene. Interview with Tom Haddaway about the play and its connection to the festival.

Night scenes of the fireworks display over the river, the party for crew members in the riverside sheds and the official reception at the Civic Centre in Newcastle with views showing the ships lit up on the water.

The next morining views of crew activity in preparation for the beginning of the race, organisation meeting and ships leaving. This is followed by views of the Parade of Sail and aerials, including crowds lining the route. The film ends with views of ships grouping out at sea in full sail for the start of the race followed by the now deserted river mouth.