New festive footage added to our collections!
It’s chilly out, so we’ve uploaded some winter warmers to our online collections for December.
As a holiday treat watch some amazing newly-digitised films, put your feet up and relax. December’s additions include festive celebrations from the collection of Darlington amateur filmmaker Peter Dobin, family celebrations, a couple of visits to the pub and finally a quiz to round things off!
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CHRISTMAS 1949: A FAMILY FILM (1949)
A narrative based home movie produced by Peter Dobing documenting preparations for a family Christmas in 1949 in the village of Haughton-le-Skerne, now part of Darlington, and Xmas Day celebrations.
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS (1950)
A partially narrative based home movie produced by Peter Dobing of his family at Christmas in 1950. The film begins with members of the family performing a pantomime in which a witch trying to ruin the Dobing’s Christmas before being vanquished by fairy queen. The remainder of the film records members of the extended family arriving at the Dobing home in the village of Haughton-le-Skerne, now part of Darlington, to enjoy Christmas Day.
FAMILY MAGAZINE FIFTH: CHRISTMAS 1951 (1951)
A narrative based home movie produced by Peter Dobing in 1951 of a family Christmas primarily made in the filmmaker's home in the village of Haughton-le-Skerne, now part of Darlington. The family make home-made Xmas crackers and decorate the Christmas tree. A trip into Darlington for some Christmas shopping is followed by the extended family enjoying drinks in front of a roaring fire before they all open their presents. The final part of the film, shot in colour, features portrait views of each member of the family and a decorated Christmas cake.
There are more parties too:
PARTY FOR SEVEN (1954)
This well-made, partly staged, amateur film by Leonard and Jean Winter documents their daughter’s 7th birthday party and Leonard’s performance as a magician for the children. Leonard and Jean Winter were members of the Cleveland Cine Club. The film was probably shot at their home in Lancaster Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
PENDOWER HALL SPECIAL SCHOOL, FANCY DRESS PAGEANT (1960s)
This amateur footage records a very inventive fancy dress pageant and sports day for a group of disabled children at the Pendower Hall Special School, Newcastle upon Tyne.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, we’ve also added a selection of commercials for the much-loved Vaux Breweries, featuring regional Vaux pubs:
VAUX COMMERCIAL: BERESFORD ARMS WHALTON (1965)
A 30-second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries filmed at the Beresford Arms, Whalton near Morpeth in Northumberland where Newcastle Evening Chronicle reporter Roy Maddison enjoys a pint of Vaux Beer with ITV sports commentator Kent Walton. The two men go outside and offer a pint of beer to the leader of the local hunt watching over his dogs.
VAUX COMMERCIAL: FAIRFIELD ARMS STOCKTON(1965)
A 30-second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries filmed at The Fairfield public house at Stockton-on-Tees featuring both English professional wrestler Jackie Pallo and ITV sports commentator Kent Walton helping with a delivery of beer to the pub's modern conditioned cellar.
Finally, we've got a little quiz to round things off!
UNKNOWN MIDDLESBROUGH (1930)
A short 'quiz' film by amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown invites the audience to guess a number of landmarks in his hometown of Middlesbrough. The film may have been presented at screenings for the Tees-side Cine Club.
Watch out for more new additions in January!