Journalist Bill Mitchell's job is to chronicle the lives of the people who inhabit the landscape he loves - the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. His magazine, The Dalesman, has a circulation of 56,000 but it is estimated to be read by more than half a million people every month. These readers are scattered not just throughout Yorkshire, but can be found in Bhutan and the Falklands. Now, after forty years as reporter and editor, Bill Mitchell - one of the best-loved characters - is to retire. Alan Bennett narrates and Richard Whiteley reports on Bill's travels as he meets shepherds, farmers and other true Dales folk.
This is a film in two parts. Made by Eddie Percy of Settle, the film features the Settle Conservative Association Donkey Derby in July, 1964 as well as a traction rally at Harewood House.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. This is the first film in his collection, and experimenting with a new cine camera, Dyson captures footage of his family and local surroundings filming at Roundhay Park, Knaresborough and Scarborough.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. This features gliding at Sutton Bank, a trip to Matlock, some trick filming of his son, and the newly opened Baitings Reservoir.
This reel features a number of different events and locations between 1967-1973 including two weddings, Yeadon airport, a trip to New Brighton, Roundhay Park in the snow, and trips to York and Morecambe. There are short breaks in between each section of film.
This compilation of black and white amateur film by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown shows friends and family at leisure in North Yorkshire, and special family occasions such as the wedding of friends Charlotte Leng and John Dales Proudlock in Leeds. There are visits to locations in Redcar, Saltburn, Scarborough and the grounds of Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire. Footage includes a brief hand tinted scene.