Billingham Film Unit cinemagazine edition featuring two short documentary items. The first is a visit to the Teesside Engineering Club at Hartburn to meet some of the “failed engine drivers” who turn their hands to model making, and model railways. In the second part of the film, a group of Billingham boys participate in outward bound activities on Commondale Moor in the autumn.
A Tyne Tees Television production originally broadcast in 1973 and re-broadcast in 1980 as part of the About Britain series that looks at the North Yorkshire village of Botton, a Camphill Community for the mentally handicapped, which is celebrating its silver jubilee. The film intercuts interviews with both co-workers as well as parents of residents talking about what their children gain from being part of this community with views of the disabled at work in various farming, craft and therapeutic workshops.
Home movie compilation by Tom H. Brown, with comic intertitles throughout. The film captures leisure time fun and games with Tom and Kate Brown, family and friends in the countryside and coastline around North Yorkshire and County Durham, including Kilton Woods, Hutton Rudby and Blackhall Rocks on the North Sea coast. The film includes a brief trick film sequence entitled 'Levitation By Professor Shampooski,' and dancing with the filmmaker's great grandmother, Mary Ann Corby. A record of the 1930 Mayor’s Sunday procession through Middlesbrough concludes the compilation.
Amateur filmmaker and Egglescliffe Cine Club member, Tom Hudson captures scenes from the 1948 Yarm Fair, an annual event when the High Street is transformed into a fairground for three days in October, and from a traditional English garden fete held in the grounds of the Egglescliffe Rectory, Butts Lane, in the summer of 1948. The film records some of the surviving traditions from the days when Yarm Fair was primarily a commercial agricultural fair for farmers and traders, such as the Saturday morning running of horses for sale up and down the High Street, known as the “Riding of the Fair.” The filmmaker focuses much attention on recording the camera conscious visitors who attend both events, and there are good examples of 1940s women’s fashion in the sequence on Yarm Fair.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
Promotional film for The North East Industrial and Development Association that looks at North East England. Deals mainly with industry but also looks at the landscapes of rural areas and the coast..
An amateur film made by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club of a hunt taking place in the Cleveland or North Yorkshire countryside in January 1966. The film begins with the hunt preparing to depart from a large house, possibly at Great Ayton or Newham. With the hunt underway, the film changes to show Betty’s son Martin sitting beside a stuffed head of a fox that is in a hole in the ground. The film ends with the hunt passing and Martin waving goodbye to the fox.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
A promotional film by Turners Productions for the Norwegian firm Kavli, the Primula cheese makers. The film elaborates on the historical links between Norway, Scarborough and the North East of England. It documents the Kavli chain of cheese production from Norway to the UK base for Primula cheese manufacture in Gateshead’s Team Valley, opened in 1959. Includes footage of the Festival of Norway in Scarborough in 1966, which celebrated the founding of the town by Viking settlers 1,000 years previously, and the automated production process for Primula cheese and Kavli crispbreads in the Kavli factory at Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead. Kavli first set up operations in Cramlington back in 1936.
An amateur film made by Walter Gowland of Hartlepool of his family visiting the countryside, Clifford's Tower in York and York Racecourse.
An amateur film believed to be the work of Alice Littlefield. The first part of the film shows Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire with extensive views in and around the abbey ruin as well as Fountains Hall. The second part of the film shows a young girl giving a small dog a bath followed by her and her family on a beach enjoying themselves. The final part of the film shows the family on a farm.
A film from Guisborough Grammar School showing boys assisting in the renovations of a stone cottage in Swaledale, which will be used for school outward bound activities.
An amateur film made by members of Guisborough Grammar School Scout Troop of a camping trip to Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire in August 1937. Footage follows of commercial aircraft operations at Croydon airport in the 1930's
Made by amateur filmmaker Robert Brunger, this compilation records the 1974 Skelton Carnival, which was introduced in 1966 to unite villagers in Cleveland’s ironstone mining region. Skelton teens parade in platform boots with glam rock props, and there are juvenile jazz bands and a Carnival Queen in this July parade of floats. The parade snakes down the High Street to the recreation ground, where events include motorcycle stunt riders in Native American costume and a giant hot-air balloon that takes to the skies. The compilation also includes general views of the Skinningrove Works in 1970 under British Steel Corporation’s public ownership.
Compilation of amateur footage that documents Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) outings to the seaside town of Portpatrick at Easter, 1934, and the Yorkshire Dales in 1935.
An amateur firm by Derek Mathieson of the annual Cleasby and Stapleton combined fete taking place on the village green at Stapleton near Darlington in June 1984.
An amateur film produced by Derek Mathieson between 1979 and 1980 about the restored Crakehall Water Corn Mill in the village of Crakehall, North Yorkshire. The film includes an interview with Colonel Whitaker Holmes who has restored the derelict mill to full working order. He is also filmed inside the mill grinding the corn using the power of the Crakehall Beck.
A home movie made by Chris Lawson of the Northumberland County Show taking place at Corbridge and a family holiday to Sandsend.
A home movie of a family excursion around the Yorkshire Dales and Wensleydale taking in the Kilburn White Horse and a stall along a road selling cheese. The film also features views of a waterfall.
A commercial travelogue presented by Royal Sutcliffe in which a couple travel by train to Yorkshire to explore the county. They begin their journey in York before visiting Harrogate, Fountains Abbey, Ripley, Byland and Rievaulx abbeys and Helmseley where they watch a woman weave on a loom. They travel onto the coast visiting Staithes, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough before visiting Lord Derwent's Estate on the outskirts of Hackness. The final part shows views of Filey, Bempton Cliffs where men collect eggs, Flamborough and Bridlington where the film ends.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall that focuses on a traction engine rally, possibly the Masham Steam Rally in North Yorkshire. As well as footage of the many engines no display, both full sized and models, the film records other activities taking place around the site including children enjoying the many fairground rides and a hot air balloon in the shape of a beer bottle flying through the sky. As well as steam power, including a steam powered thresher, the film also includes footage of a vintage car rally travelling along a winding road and traditional farming taking place near Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in East Yorkshire where a team of horses plough, harrow and roller a field.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on a dispute between the Esk River Authority and anglers over fishing rights. Peter Holland reports. This item was originally broadcast on 25 April 1977.
An amateur film by John Scorer that records the filming of BBC period television series 'All Creatures Great and Small' in Reeth, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, in 1979. The film shows the BBC cast and production team on location followed by general views of rural Swaledale.