A Tyne Tees Television documentary on pigeon fancying and racing in the north east of England. Members of the Up North Combine talk about the history and their passion for the sport linking it to mining and heavy industry along the coast from Yorkshire to Northumberland. Footage includes a look at the annual Royal Pigeon Racing Association show in Blackpool and Bobby Thompson on stage at the Easington Colliery Club & Institute.
This Tyne Tees Television documentary profiles the North East comedian and club entertainer Pauline Patricia Brennan (nee Petty), better known under her stage name, Scarlet O'Hara. She reminisces about her impoverished post-war childhood in the working class Rye Hill area of Scotswood, in Newcastle’s West End, her husbands, and the start of her career working as a singer and stand-up comic at working men’s clubs and pubs in the region. The programme was originally broadcast on 12th March 1981 as part of the series Northern Scene, later featuring as part of the networked About Britain series.
The filmed element of an edition of the Tyne Tees Television current affairs programme Your World This Week asks whether amusement arcades and bingo halls are attracting the wrong kind of people to the village of Seahouses on the Northumberland coast.
The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
Autobiographical documentary on James Mitchell, the English author of crime fiction and spy thrillers (pseudonyms James Munro and Patrick O. McGuire) who also worked as a film and TV scriptwriter. Born during the General Strike, Mitchell returns to his home town of South Shields and reminisces about his family and childhood during the Depression era. He revisits places remembered from his youth, including the River Tyne, South Shields Town Hall, Marsden Rock and Sunderland College of Art, where he taught, and talks about the long established Muslim community in the town. This is an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own [no credits], originally broadcast on Wednesday 2 July 1969.
This amateur film features portraits of many of the employees at the McAdam department store in Newcastle, footage of staff working in the offices and sales rooms, and a staff outing to the coast.
Early local topical newsreel of the formal presentation and launch ceremony of a new lifeboat for Whitley Bay on 25 May 1912, with a focus on the crowds. A final street scene outside the Empire Theatre in Whitley Bay is included at the end of the film. This film was made by cinema pioneer and showman George Henderson and the North of England Film Bureau (Hendersons) based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
This amateur home movie compilation records family visiting an uncle in summer 1938, horse riding in Monkseaton in 1938 and holiday visits to the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Brighton. Footage includes scenes from the 24th Newcastle Girl Guides camp at Mitford in Northumberland, and an open air dance performance at Hunmanby Hall Boarding School in North Yorkshire.
This amateur home movie compilation chronicles events and trips organised by the Wallsend Round Table and Ladies Circle social networking organisations for professional men and young women. These include a garden party at Wallsend Civic Hall in 1958 and a Round Table Conference in Aberdeen in 1959. Footage also features a visit to Bognor Regis Butlins holiday camp, a carnival procession and comic three-legged football match with men in drag and fancy dress costume.
This sponsored film by Turners Film Productions documents the various stages in the mining, processing of coal, and environmental restoration of the land for agricultural and leisure activities at the 2,000 acre Radar North opencast mine site, at Widdrington, near Morpeth, in Northumberland County. The mine operated under a National Coal Board contract between 1957 and 1972. The film records the operation of the UK’s largest dragline system at the time, known as 'Big Geordie,' which worked at Radar North from 1969 to 1976 for Derek Crouch Mining Limited. It also shows how production, restoration and conservation work together in this method of mining.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
A compilation of amateur cine club films documenting various corporate and social events: dominoes, cards, football, bowls, a beach picnic at Druridge Bay, the annual flower show and barbeque, and bonfire night at the clubhouse in Byker. The film also includes visits to a number of local water plants at Whittle Dene and Warkworth.
Amateur footage by Frank Wilson of a beauty contest at Tynemouth outdoor pool on Longsands.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
A series of short home movies made by Robert Wrench showing family activities takes place around Newcastle, Whitley Bay and Romford in Essex between 1924 and 1935. The films include footage of his wife Susan, daughter, Mary Elizabeth Wrench (later Richardson), and her children Robert, Susan and Thomas William Richardson. The film also includes footage from the Royal Air Force Display at Farnborough in 1929.
A series of home movie filmed by Ruth Jacobson between 1941 and 1944. The film documents her children Valarie, Pamela and Malcolm at home in Newcastle, visiting Stanhope in County Durham as well as on holiday with friends at Colwyn Bay, Wales.
A home movie compilation by Ruth Jacobson produced between 1949 and 1950 that focuses on the family enjoying leisure time at the family home in Gosforth in Newcastle as well as holiday visits with family and friends including a trip to Tynemouth.
A home movie made by Ruth Jacobson of her family between 1953 and 1954. The film shows daughter Valerie with friends on holiday in Bamburgh in Northumberland as well as scenes of the family at home in Gosforth, Newcastle playing with their pets (including their dog Beano). The final section of the film shows various scenes around Central Park in New York City during a trip to the United States of America in 1954.
A home movie filmed by Geoff Richardson, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Society, in and around Whitley Bay that features the Spanish City fairground, St Mary’s Lighthouse and Island, and Newcastle Central Station.
This amateur home movie compilation of McQueen family holidays in Jersey and Norway, day trips and leisure time at home in Tynemouth, spans the years 1937 through to 1948. Footage includes Digging for Victory vegetable growing in Tynemouth and portraits of Mac McQueen in uniform as a Home Guard officer and his son Neil in Air Training Corps cadet uniform at the start of the Second World War.
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.
A compilation of amateur films by Mr. Kenneth Osbourne-Grant that record a parade of juvenile jazz bands along Alexandra Road in Ashington, launch of the Newbiggin Lifeboat, and a Whitley Bay beauty contest and the Blackpool Illuminations.
This film documents a test launch of the Cullercoats Lifeboat 'Isaac and Mary Bolton' which was in service between 1951 and 1963. [Some brief sequences are running fast.]
Home movie compilation of different Taylor family visits and holidays. Footage includes many shots of the Taylor's young daughter Sue.
Professional film by Turners Film Unit that records the visit of a young Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to locations in Tyneside on October 29th 1954, including Monkseaton, Tynemouth, Newcastle and Gateshead. The film contains many good scenes of crowds, parades and views of areas of Newcastle since demolished, including Ellison Place, part of Blackett Street, and the old Royal Arcade in Pilgrim Street.