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.
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.
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.
An amateur film produced by George Cummin in which his character 'SAM' (based on the acronym for St. Andrews Motors) looks back at various motorcycle and car rallies that took place around the region in 1955: a veteran and vintage car rally from Whitley Bay to Newcastle upon Tyne, Weardale’s Arthur Emerson Memorial Trial motorbike scramble event, the first ever Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, North Yorkshire, featuring racer Angela Brown in an Aston Martin and the Belmont Senior Grand National Scramble at Belmont Park, Durham.
This Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) compilation consists of miscellaneous commercial and amateur film, offcuts and outtakes, and short productions shot between 1933 and the early 1950s. There is one brief sequence of archive footage of a fairground ride from the early 1900s. The amateur sequences include a sports event and silver wedding presentation in the seaside town of Whitby in 1948; a Northumberland Lawn Tennis County Open Championship in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, during the 1930s; a Newcastle & District ACA short comedy about a packet of Brand X cigarettes; and a Newcastle & District ACA picnic outing.
This amateur film footage by an environmental health officer at Gateshead Council, Stephen Gray, documents the streets and parks of South Shields, Gateshead, and Durham. It also includes footage of diesel locomotives at Durham, Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne and Boldon Colliery railway stations, a visit to Whitby and a school fete, probably in Gateshead.
This film by amateur filmmaker John Percival Staddon looks at places and events mainly around the Sunderland and South Shields area. The film begins in Sunderland with Billy Smarts circus parading through the town followed by a study of traffic in the town centre. A visit to a local attraction at the coast is Marsden Rock at South Shields. A brief visit to the night lights in Manchester, then to the North East coast at Seaburn. Next, south to Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire is followed by celebrations at a church in Houghton le Spring. Transport finishes the programme with the final remnants of the tram service in Sunderland and rare footage of the 'Halfpenny' Ferry on the river Wear.
An amateur film by John Percival Staddon which shows off the attractions of North East of England. A church fete begins the film (possibly St Chads in Herrington, Sunderland), followed by visits to North Yorkshire, including Newby Hall near Ripon and Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast. Back up to Northumberland, the work of fishermen at Seahouses is documented. Views show Christmas lights in Sunderland, and the Shields Ferry service between North Shields and South Shields. The film ends with footage of the Borgsten, at the time of filming the largest ship to be built on the Wear.